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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 29, 1915

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 29, 1915

+ Jesus 29th April 1915

Dear little Léonie,

Here are some explanations concerning the authenticating seals. It’s a shame you didn’t send us the relics to authenticate. The commissioner would have brought them back to you all ready. You see, it’s a bit difficult to explain.

It must be impossible for someone to remove an authenticating seal without cutting the silk thread. Consequently, the seal must be placed on the knot of silk. Enclosed is a little sketch to show you how to do it. The silk is wound round the 4 corners of the card, for example, going above and below, encircling the relic fabric on which it is lying at the same time. You then bring the silk back round to the top somewhere and sew the two materials together. You let through the two ends of silk that you used for the sewing, and place the seal at the point where they reappear. It should be impossible to remove the cardboard because it’s attached to the relic. You could, for example, sew it onto the neck of the tunic (not on the collar but on the muslin) and into the folds at the base of the veil from behind. Yet you can do as you please. On the blank piece of the cardboard, you could briefly write a description of the relic. But it would be a good idea if, for your archives, you compiled a sort of Report indicating the provenance of the relics so that they can’t be contested later on. It would say in what year you procured them and why. In this case, it would say that they were brought by her Visitandine sister of the community in Caen. It must be signed by your Mother Superior and yourself. Yet you must be used to dealing with relics, and know more about them and about what you have to do than me.

Enclosed is Mgr de Teil’s seal, which you will kindly send back to us via registered post. We cannot send you the other one because we use it on a daily basis. It’s unfortunate because it says “Vice Postulator” on it. – If you are planning to see Fr Deslandes, he will lend you Mgr Lemonnier’s seal, which would be a much better idea. Otherwise, you can sort out a way of returning it to him.

What I’m writing can’t be very clear. It’s difficult to explain.

Concerning the Holy Shroud, I don’t know who to contact. You could write to the parish priest of the Basilica in Turin. Surely he would be able to help you. I’m sending you a photograph that I have. I’m not quite sure what it is you’re after.

I’d like to write some lovely little thoughts but I don’t have the time. These messages took up all that I had. I’m actively preparing my testimony.

Your loving little sister

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n. 

We could lend you the one that has “Vice Postulator” on it for a few days.