From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - March 31, 1918

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - March 31, 1918

+ Jesus                                                                   Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                                31st March 1918


Dear little Léonie,

Lent has come to an end at last. We can be reunited and talk to one another again. It feels good. I worked hard during those 40 days in the wilderness. You’ll never guess what I did.

I reread our little Thérèse’s life story, and all her letters and poems; in a word, all her writings. I took notes so that I can make a study of them. These notes are not only on spiritual childhood but also on the spirituality of our little saint. Spiritual childhood is only one aspect of her spirituality. This work won’t have an author, because I’m not the one to have written it. It is entirely composed of original quotations, which I’ve classified in a certain order. It is a collection and not a treatise. At times, there are a few lines to link or introduce the quotations, and that’s all.

We believe that, this time, we have found the real means to produce a relatively complete work on the Little Way and the Spirituality of Thérèse of the Child Jesus, which is something that many people have been requesting. Unfortunately, it can’t be published before the beatification, and Fr Dubosq has advised us not to ask for this favour. Besides, it will no doubt take a long time to finalise everything.  

I can assure that classifying all this was no mean feat. I still haven’t finished and it’s no good me working on it for five minutes; I need to be undisturbed. I’ve been praying a great deal, asking God to not only help me, but also to write the work, because I’m doing it for His glory alone. Help me to obtain this grace, because “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain.”

In a week, we’re celebrating Sr Marie of the Angels’ fiftieth anniversary, which is taking a little while to prepare, because she’s really looking forward to it and we can’t fall short of her expectations.

I love you, darling little Léonie. I’d really like you to read my little manuscript. You will learn many things, as I have. Yes, this study has been very beneficial for me. I send you lots of kisses. I wish you a happy St Leo’s day. Your little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face   u.c.n.