From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 5, 1915

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 5, 1915

+ Jesus                            5th November 1915

Darling little sister,

I’m the one replying to you, and I’m very happy to have the opportunity to say a little hello by the same token.

We don’t know the young lady in question. We know only that she comes from a good although not wealthy family. Their father (or brother) is a chemist. Other family members have similar professions. They believe to be our cousins through the father of Grandfather Martin’s mother, whose name was Miss Bohard (her brother was mayor of Athis and had 14 children. He is the origin of all these cousins).

Our Mother is of the opinion that your Mother shouldn’t refuse to accept her before seeing her. At the Carmel of Angers, they are very pleased with her sister, who is one of their good nuns. We pay great attention to family origins, and a good origin will compensate for faults that at times might make us refuse a candidate.

Yes, little Léonie, we received your lovely long letter and it brought us great pleasure. You can’t imagine the joy that your letters bring us. Dear Little Mother doesn’t have time to reply to it. She is with her patient, who is dying but still hanging on. The doctor can’t understand it. Now the rheumatism has spread to the rest of her body. For the past week, she has been curled up tightly in bed, in an unaccountable and unbearable position. We can’t touch her without causing her excruciating pain and bruising. We are very upset and pray that she will be delivered from the many aches that we can’t treat. But don’t worry, our Mother is well. We think that God has come to take a little victim from us, for France’s sake, and we all unite ourselves with her suffering.

Your little retreat resolutions are definitely inspired by our Thérèse. Always imitate her and you’ll soon become a saint.

We have told Fr Pichon that you came here. We have even showed him the little group photo, because we hide nothing from him. Madame de Castelnau also spoils us on our feast days (when you next write, you must address your letter to “Madame la Contesse” as she married the general’s elder brother). I was the first to have my hair cut with the clippers. They are so convenient and cut so cleanly. Goodbye little darling. I love you and send you lots of kisses. I offer my affectionate respects to your dear Mothers.

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n.