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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 8, 1917

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 8, 1917

+ Jesus                                                                                              Carmel 8th April 1917
                                                                                                                          

Darling little sister,

I have been looking forward to coming and singing “Alleluia” with my beloved little sister. How was your Lent? Ours was no different than usual; we feared that the bread tax would affect us.

We have split the news between us so that each of our letters will tell you something new and interesting.

I’m going to tell you about a lovely, life-size portrait of Thérèse that is being painted by the most famous artist in France: Mr Ferdinand Roybet. As it was intended for us, it costs 10,000 frs. It is worth 30,000 frs. It is being offered to us by Baron and Baroness Gérard.

It is a head-to-toe portrait of Thérèse. She is in a monastery cloister, and appears to be descending a step. She is holding some roses and her Crucifix (as in the picture I did). We haven’t seen the painting but apparently it’s a beauty. Our little saint looks alive. We’ll try to obtain a slide of it in the form of an autochrome glass plate so that you can see it. The plate will be in colour.

As Thérèse has been given a halo, the painting can’t be published before the beatification. It will be several months before it is brought here. We’ll keep it in the chapter house. Later on, it will be given a place in the chapel.

Now, you will find a few photographs enclosed. I haven’t finished preparing any others, because I have very little time. You will also see a mandate that you are to sign, like us, and send back to us. We will henceforth have someone to defend our rights. The gentleman in question, a fervent admirer of our little saint, has already halted the sale of a horrible portrait painted on some crockery at the bazaar; but he needs authority to act.

I also wanted to ask you whether you could remember what the binoculars and their case from Les Buissonnets looked like, so that I can let Jeanne know. When you have the opportunity, I would also like you to send me a list of our belongings that stayed with Jeanne, because it would be a shame if they went to the M. family later on. What does she have from Papa’s room and where is it? Everything that comes here passes by Mr David’s house.

Goodbye beloved little sister. I would have liked to talk about pious matters, but am unable. I will take comfort in thinking that our elder sisters will do so, and much better than I could.

From your little Céline, with love

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.