From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 30, 1921

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 30, 1921

+ Jesus                                                                   Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                               30th April 1921


Darling Léonie,

I’m sending you the receipts for your two adopted daughters, both the older and younger one. You have no obligation other than to pray for them and you have all the credit for their ransom. They owe their happiness to you. I’m putting the papers in a separate envelope because we don’t have any for Sr Marguerite-Agnès and I would rather she not see them. I would have liked to give her an adopted son, but I don’t have enough children. Sr Marie of the Trinity is much wealthier than me in that respect. She has 31 children, and I, 5! I had requested slaves because the poor young women are handed over to Arabs as soon they reach adulthood. The missionary ransoms them and assures them a Christian upbringing. It’s the worthiest of causes and I felt moved to compassion!!!

Now, my darling little sister, I’m sending you the little stereo postcards. I was given 24 (I asked for two collections of cards to give to you). Today we are completing the collections and it is on behalf of us two jubilarians that our two little Visitandine Sisters are receiving these little keepsakes, in honour of 24th February and 30th April 1921.

I did receive your picture, but I was so busy giving you all the details of my celebration that I unintentionally forgot to mention it. Thank you for the lovely picture and for your affectionate little letter.

Sr Marie of the Trinity had an even lovelier celebration than I did, because mine was impromptu whereas hers was prepared. I’m very happy with this arrangement, for her sake, because she is my companion in religious life. Whichever of us dies first will break the other one’s heart. – I don’t know whether I told you that I wrote to the Holy Father to thank him!

With love, darling sister, from your Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n. 

Thank you for the wishes you sent on 28th April. As I still have several Masses left to dedicate, I will have the one on 3rd June said for you, for your birthday.