From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 25, 1917

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 25, 1917

+ Jesus                                                                                          Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                                                  Christmas! 25th December 1917

Dear little sister,

This will be the last time I write to you this year. I’m very glad each time I see another one go by. However, some day, we’ll witness the beginning of a year that we won’t see through. It will be a joy for the chosen one and a cruel blow for those who are to remain in exile a little while longer. Look how selfish I am. I would like it to be my turn next, since in our family, it was the turn of the youngest first. I’m like a little girl looking forward to her wedding day and who, at the sight of a new year beginning, hopes that this day will arrive before the year’s through. But I’ve no doubt that I’ve already told you this. I’m just an old lady who is always repeating herself. Forgive me. In short, I would much rather God accomplished His will, even when it comes to dying and heaven, and I’m willing to live longer than the rest of you and go on repeating myself until those who help me in my old age can’t stand me anymore and want me gone from this world. This morning, as we have licence to speak and can sing in our cells, I did as our Thérèse used to do and sung the hymn “Joy” as I made the bed.    

Before those around me want me dead, we wish to see the fruit of my work, and make it fruitful in turn as soon as possible. I’m extremely busy, especially in light of our Mother’s upcoming feast day, and many of my ideas will fall through for want of time. Among other surprises that I’ve planned for our Mother, you’ll be pleased to hear that I’m going to give her an enlarged photo of the 4 of us in the garden. However, if it remains as cold as it has been lately, I’ll have to abandon the idea. We’re also preparing a little photo album of the exhumation, and I’m still retouching Jouvenot’s drawings to finalise the publications on “The Little Way” and the “Miracles”, which have considerably grown in volume since you last saw them.

Goodbye, darling little sister. Tell Sr Marie-Agnès Castel that I’ll be praying for her on the day of her Profession. I send my love, little sister. Offer our best wishes to your dear Mothers.

Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.