From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - September 26, 1918

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - September 26, 1918

+ Jesus                                                           Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                    26th September 1918                                                                                                     

Dear little Léonie,

To mark the 30th I’m sending you a photograph of your 3 little sisters, who are still exiled on earth. People are saying that this will be the best picture of us, because at our age, we can’t hope for anything better.

We won’t keep the one of us at the foot of the angel. It would be better not to have too many portraits of us and the pose is not as good. What’s more, Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart moved. But this winter I will see to the little group photo in which you can see all four of us. I think I’ll be able to make something of it.

Last week, Rev. Fr Marie-Bernard came. He brought the body sculpture that will contain the relics in the shrine. She is in the same pose as in the picture that I drew (our little Thérèse).

If only you could see how gracious and pretty she is! This priest has exquisite taste. He’s an artist and a true genius. He’s very knowledgeable about all sorts of things. The holy body will be in papier-mâché. The head, hands and feet will be in wax or alabaster or tinted Carrara marble. Apparently, the wax is in disrepute at the moment and other materials are considered to be more ‘artistic’, but nothing has been decided yet.

The body will have a large opening at chest level and will contain the bones.

In conjunction with Fr Dubosq, whom he went to see, Fr Marie-Bernard is also designing the shrine. Our first plan was abandoned. The shrine will be on a pedestal and under a ciborium, which will be partly marble, partly gold and silver plated, but it hasn’t been completely decided yet. However, they’re already making decisions in secret so that everything will come to light at the right moment. Pray to God that we can resume our building work and finish it.

Darling little sister, is all this not a sign that we, too, must become saints by refusing Jesus nothing, especially after He has been so generous to us? We would be deeply upset in heaven if we hadn’t given Him everything we could here below. I assure you that I’m doing my best by performing every deed for Him.

I almost forgot to tell you that we saw Fr Dubosq. He’s seeing to my notebook and something will come of it, but I don’t know when.

Goodbye, dear little sister. I send you all my love.

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.