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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 4, 1915

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 4, 1915

+ Jesus                                   4th April 1915

Darling little sister,

I’ve come to sing the divine “Alleluia” with you, although it is partly veiled in tears this year, like the weather.

And yet, little Thérèse is toiling out there on the battlefield. Every day, we receive new testimonies to this. It’s absolutely marvellous. We also receive little leaflets about her, and their titles practically proclaim her as France’s new liberator. Alas! Will she be able to save us? An English soldier saw her three times, apparently, in a trench. She was kneeling and praying fervently. She looked very sad. (This was in October or November. Perhaps atonements have been made for the country’s debts since then, and she isn’t sad anymore. Let’s hope so!)

Even if the time has not come to save France, she is saving souls unceasingly and tirelessly. In a hospital there is one soldier who (like Pierre) wants to become a Trappist friar and often sees Thérèse reveal the state of his comrades’ souls to him. Then, with great simplicity, he invites them to convert, and succeeds, to the great surprise of the nuns. We’re going to receive a testimony from the Mother Superior. The same soldier, who’s a real saint, was in the same hospital with 15 companions when the room around them began to shake. A violent commotion gave them a great fright. They looked at each other in terror when the door opened of its own accord. Two soldiers rushed out and saw Sr Thérèse on the landing before she suddenly disappeared. It was Palm Sunday. All the men converted, two attest to the vision, and the others ratified the noise they heard. They had their photograph taken and call themselves, “Sr Thérèse’s squadron”. But I’d never finish this letter if I tried to tell you everything. You know that our dear Pierre has left for service. His superiors are so pleased with him that they are obliging him to take some holidays. He succeeds in everything, like those who love God.

I’ve realised that I’m at the end of my letter and I have room enough only to send you and your Mother my love. Thank her for having answered my little request about the projection lamp. Happy feast day on 11th April. I won’t forget to pray to Jesus for you.

Your loving little sister

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n.