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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 26, 1917

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 26, 1917

+ Jesus                                                         Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                    26th November 1917

                                                                                                            

Darling little sister,

Today we have been given licence to speak in honour of the Opening of the Process, which normally will have taken place in Rome a few days ago. Mgr de Teil brought us news from his trip, and this news is excellent in every respect. The Holy Father appeared very favourable to the Cause. He said amiably, “Sr Thérèse holds all of heaven’s treasures in her hands!” And when Mgr de Teil told him of a new miracle to examine, the Holy Father replied, “Why bother? You have quite enough as it is!” - Mgr de Teil also met with a great many bishops from many different places who were taking their ‘ad limina’ pilgrimage, and all of them spoke of our little saint. Cardinal di Bel Monte, who was in line to be Pope, told him that, in his diocese, which is near Naples, I think, they were building a town where each house is in the middle of a garden. It will be called, “The Garden Town”. The Cardinal explained, “That is why I will reserve an altar for ‘the little flower’ in my church.”

He also told us that he had a saint in his diocese who is highly favoured by God, but that he preferred the little saint of Lisieux because she was imitable.

All this is a lesson, little Léonie, telling us loud and clear that what pleases God in us is love, the generous love that is demonstrated in our worthless and unseen little actions. Such actions were all our dear little Thérèse ever did. Her life was mysteriously simple. She forgot herself, loved others, and look what mighty power she has over God’s Heart. This is what she taught you during your retreat, which I’m delighted to hear was very fruitful. Yes, you are indeed in the way of truth, darling little sister.

                                                                                                  27th November

I’m resuming my letter after interrupting it yesterday. Dear little Léonie, would you tell me, when you have an opportunity, in which month we went to Paris with Papa to rent a house in Auteuil? On 24th June, there was the fire at the Gervais’ house. It must have been after that. I’d also like to know the names of the maids who worked at home after Victoire and Félicité, and roughly how long they were there. How we’ve suffered during our lifetime, and how wonderful heaven will be! No matter how profound our joy is at present, I can’t forget that suffering or consider it insignificant. So I don’t know how God will manage to “dry all the tears from my eyes,” or what he will give me for my happiness to have no comparison with this life’s sufferings.

I send you all my love, darling little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face

u.c.n. 

Mgr Touchet will come from Orleans on pilgrimage to Thérèse’s burial place with a group from his diocese in thanks for a grace received. The American soldiers are coming in groups of 20 and 50. The Irish soldiers are coming too. Have you seen their outfits with their bare legs and little checked skirts? The Parisian parishes are coming with their parish priests.