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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 20, 1919

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 20, 1919

+ Jesus                                                              Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                           Easter 20th April 1919       

Dear little Léonie,

And so we witness another feast of Easter here below. Soon we'll be celebrating with Jesus in heaven. I joined my darling Thérèse in bestowing Him honour and love, and so it is already a little as though I was in heaven.

As I am still on earth, I offered to be His little donkey on Palm Sunday. He agreed that He needed one, which shows that our time of service is useful to Him. I often remember my humble duty, and whenever I encounter difficulties, I encourage myself to overcome them by saying to myself that little donkeys are not fragile creatures and can walk anywhere; on stones, in mud, and along precipices. I want to refuse Jesus nothing. Alas, I am often stubborn (that's the problem with donkeys!) but I will repent of this as long as God forgives His poor little donkey and continues to accept his services.

He seems to be doing so, because the chores are raining down on me. Throughout Lent, I was busy with building plans. Our Mother will tell you why.

At the moment, I'm adding the finishing touches to the "Little Way" because we have good and unhoped-for news! We have Rome's permission to publish the "Little Way". The cover is finished; it is a carpet of violets. You don't know how beautiful it is. I'm delighted to think of all the good that this publication will do. It was warmly welcomed and very appreciated in Rome.

Regarding the purchases for the monastery, I need to tell you something. It was Francis who (half teasing us) once gave us the idea to enlarge the chapel on one side (the side beside the path belonging to the town). You remember what I told you about Francis and the signs that I received. After that, I had no news until 12th February (the anniversary of our terrible ordeal) when I saw Francis in a dream. He was standing in the dormitory at the door to this cell. He was on his knees, his head bare, begging me imploringly to forgive him, not daring to raise his eyes to meet mine. So I hugged him, assuring him that we forgave him for everything. I immediately awoke. The dream had lasted no more than a few seconds, but it was as clear as day. I didn't doubt that this was a sign of Papa’s power. On the anniversary of the day of his humiliation, he had obtained God’s consent to save Francis and to help him accomplish the necessary act that he had failed to accomplish on earth. On 19th March, the anniversary of his death, I dreamt of him again. Our Mother said, "He is our brother now." Then I asked him, not in the dream but in prayer, to make up for what he had once done and to help us with important matters. And then, over the following days, and without any suggestion of it beforehand, all the houses were bought as if by magic. Our Mother says that she had prayed to Sr Marie-Louise, but I can't help thinking that Francis had something to do with it and I believe that he is saved. Don't tell Jeanne this. We never talk about him in her presence. It would be terrible for her. No doubt our little Thérèse wanted to repay us a hundredfold for the land that we are sacrificing for her, but I attribute the wondrous purchases to none other than Francis and to his desire to correct his mistakes.

Goodbye, dear little sister. I send you my love and kisses.

Your little Celine

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face

On the 28th I'm celebrating my jubilee birthday!!