From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 26, 1920

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 26, 1920


.Carmel of Lisieux 26th January 1920


Darling little sister,

It’s with immense affection that I write to wish you a happy feast day! As you know, my Communion on the 29th will be for you and I will ask Jesus to shower good things upon my much-loved little Léonie.

On our Mother’s feast day, I had Thérèse’s reliquary as a gift (the crucifix from her Reception of the Habit). I had reworked it completely because the one that Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart did several years ago was completely worn. I laid the Crucifix on some roses that I had painted on red silk. The crucifix is inset with jewels.

I also tried to paint a small picture showing our little Saint’s look of ecstasy when she died, but I haven’t yet managed it. Will I ever succeed? It’s almost impossible to reproduce such heavenly things on our poor earth. I ask you to pray that I might manage it.

We had a disappointment this morning. The Postulator in Rome has asked us to remove the Holy Face from the apotheosis painting and leave the shroud all on its own. This represents a huge sacrifice for me, because it was much prettier with it illuminating the whole painting like a sun, and also because of my devotion to the Holy Face. Seeing the trouble we are going to, and all the objections and trials we have to undergo before reaching our goal, I remember the little Christmas rose: “From the soil in exile, it drains all the bitter sap . . .” Yes, like the rose, it seems I am “without stem or petals,” because “many a torrent” has ravaged the little flower. Ah, if only people could see “nothing of myself, nothing but Jesus” in me!

Little sister, let us pray hard so that this may be the case for both of us. I love you and send you lots of kisses.

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face