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

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

+ Jesus                                                         Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                 26th September 1920


Darling little sister,

I’ve come to celebrate 30th September with you because the day on which we wept bitter tears is now a day of celebration! God is so good and is rewarding us so handsomely for the trials we endured!

In my letter, you will find a card-backed picture of Joan of Arc’s canonisation. Please send it back to us in your next letter. I thought it would interest you and explain the stereo slides that I photographed for you. The painting that you can see in the picture is “Joan of Arc in Glory”. The electric lights are not always there; they are added for beatifications. It is so huge that Joan of Arc alone is 4 m. tall. Imagine how large the canvas and whole painting must be!

Now we come to the slides of the Confession of St Peter that I sent you. Behind this Baldachin or Confession, you will notice a sort of chapel like the chapel of the Bl. Virgin in the cathedral of St Pierre in Lisieux. Well! This “chapel” is as big as Notre-Dame de Paris! In the background you can see what looks like a clock, because it’s not very clear. That is the centre of Bernini’s masterpiece, where Joan of Arc is in the picture. That is the part of St Peter’s basilica in Rome where the beatifications take place. Canonisations have the Confession as a backdrop and take up the whole of St Peter’s.

Now for a real little present, one that you won’t be obliged to give back to me. It’s the photograph of God. Believe it or not, I photographed th Bl. Sacrament from close range. I took advantage of it being inside the monastery to do so. Later on, I won’t be able to do so. I’ve requested that no one paint the host in any way. You’ll see that the mark IHS on the host is slanting, because to the sacristan’s dismay, when Fr Pitrou consecrates and places the host in the monstrance, he closes it with such force that it causes the host to move.

Our Mother is going to give each of us a copy of these pictures for 30th September.


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

Geneviève of the Holy Face


Fr Dubosq has edited my notebook. I will have it in time for the 30th. He predicts great things for it. It won’t be published until the beatification. You are not going to be able to read it any time soon.