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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1917

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1917

+ Jesus                                                                                                   27th January 1917

Darling little sister,

I wish you a happy feast day. On Monday I will take Holy Communion for you and I’ll ask little Thérèse to grant you all the graces that made her saintly. I myself desire nothing else; I want to resemble her and be her soul sister in heaven, as I was on earth.

That is why I’m trying to keep very serene in my soul by trustingly and blindly surrendering myself into Jesus’ arms. These past few days, the temptation has been to do the opposite, but these words brought me peace:

“O most tender of Mothers,tell him not to hold back with me. He can indeed hide from me, I'm willing to wait for him till the day without sunset when my faith will fade away.” [PN 54]

Yes, I want to practice these beautiful virtues that delighted the Heart of God in little Thérèse.

Concerning my work, I would have liked to send you a little surprise for your feast day, but it’s too cold to take photographs. Besides, I would prefer to finish all my drawings before beginning to take photographs. You see, I manage better when I leave my drawings and then come back to them, and this is why I’m not progressing quickly, but they will all be finished at the same time.

I’m currently holding your picture, and I’m leaving you as you were, without hair coils. It will look perfectly fine like that.

When I’ve finished this, I’ll resume correcting the “Little Way” and the scenes from Thérèse’s life, so that the depictions of Our Lord and His little spouse are as beautiful as possible. The Carmel here makes me think of a large company. We are like able fishermen preparing colourful, artificial flies to catch fish, or like chemists adding luster to the medicines that they must administer to the sick so that at least they are not put off by their appearance. God is helping us to draw poor sinners to Him in the same way, by making our little sister extremely appealing in soul and body. If she had reached our age, she would have many fewer charms.

Darling little sister, speaking of our large company, I think that you could be a part of it, like those who place their capital in human companies and leave the running of them to others. Like Mother Marie-Ange, who wanted to spend her heaven working for Thérèse’s Cause, you can spend your exile here below working with us by offering up your daily sacrifices for that intention. Goodbye, little Léonie. How I love you!

Your little sister

Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.

Remember me to Sr Marguerite Castel.