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

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

+ Jesus                                                             Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                      26th December 1920


Darling little sister,

How did you spend your little Advent fast? Things here are the same as ever; I’m still busy, and still imperfect. But on Christmas night I remembered that the baby Jesus loved forgiving and erasing. If He had to but admire and compliment His chosen ones, He wouldn’t be so happy.  

In this letter, I’m sending you a slide of Bethlehem that was given to me. You can keep it. I’ve cut and arranged it so that it will fit in your stereoscope.

This large square is the biggest square in the town. It is in front of the Basilica of the Nativity, which is situated behind the minaret. In the foreground adjoining the minaret is the mosque, which is the only one in the town that is partly Christian.

I think that this picture was taken on a market day, because you can see camels in the sort of camp on the right.

Oh, when shall we be in heaven? Earth is a place of exile, where the generations pass and often destroy what others worked hard constructing, to the point that the truth can hardly be seen any more.  

Moreover, you can sense that a curse hangs over that Jewish country after it renounced its Saviour. The roofless houses make it look a bit like a ruined town.

For our Mother’s feast day this year, I’m going to arrange our little saint’s penitential instruments in a beautiful reliquary that Mr Tardy, our decorator, made. On that note, I wrote telling him to go and see you on our behalf, and to ask to have a look at the sliding grate to your choir, and see whether we might be able to have one to close our grate to the reliquary (in the reliquary chapel). Our Mother saw yours and says that it’s very well designed. Thank your dear Mothers in advance for helping us.

I send you all my love and kisses, darling little sister,

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.