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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 24, 1915

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 24, 1915

Jesus +                              24th November 1915

Darling little sister,

It was at quarter to 2 this afternoon that our dear Mother Sub-Prioress flew to heaven. I have just enshrouded her. The two of us didn’t leave her for a moment during the last days of her illness. We even spent the nights with her, and so did our Mother.

She suffered a real martyrdom, particularly during the last month. Her back was crisscrossed with wounds. She had two horrible and very badly positioned scars, which prevented us from relieving her as we would have liked. Her last agony began on Saturday, when she developed a painful and continuous wheeze. On Monday, she lost her speech and after a while, it seemed outwardly that she wasn’t lucid, but she was, because when she died, she titled her face towards the sky with an angelic expression. Shortly before this, she looked at our Mother. She’s a little saint. There was much mystery surrounding her sickness. You’ll read all about it in the circular. I’m very pleased you met her.

We are very upset, little Léonie, for we loved her dearly, and she loved us. God is asking us to sacrifice all that we hold dear and love most. However, He knows what He is doing and our strength lies in our capacity to surrender ourselves to Him.

We received your long letter and it brought us great pleasure. The numerous and various details you gave us were very interesting. Since you prefer the photograph that wasn’t taken at the washhouse, we can print more. I can even have a full-length photo done.

I’ll leave you now, darling little sister, because I have much to do. We recommend ourselves to your Mothers’ prayers.

Your loving little sister

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n.