From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 4, 1921

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 4, 1921

+ Jesus                                                                       Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                                     4th August 1921


Darling Léonie,

I thank you wholeheartedly for the letter you sent me for my feast day and for the lovely gift of your Communion on the 6th. I love you so much, darling little sister, and we’ll be ever so happy when we are reunited for ever up above! Your little flowers meant a great deal to me. I can just see you going to pick and choose them for your Céline, and they always smell very special to me.

Lately, I’ve been sewing some clothes to go in Thérèse’s large reliquary. When I have completely finished, I’ll send you some off-cuts so that you can see the fabrics I’m using. Everything will be delightful and very simple. The cloak is in white silk velvet lined with white silk bought at 120 frs the metre!!! There’ll be no embroidery on it. The lining will be just as visible as the outside, because under the left hand you can see only the reverse, and the folds leave much of the underneath visible.

The habit is in brown silk lined with satin in the same shade, and all in silk. The edges will be lightly embroidered with fine gold thread to outline the contours, which would be too dark otherwise.

The veil is in black silk cloth, and the wimple, in cream silk cloth. The tunic is in rippling ivory satin decorated with Alençon lace. All this doesn’t come cheap. We don’t dare sew any precious stones into the clothes for fear of encouraging thieves. I will use all the ones I have for a magnificent monstrance.

Darling little sister, I think that all these details will interest you. They certainly interest me, because I can see how generous God is being towards His much-loved little Thérèse. “I have only ever given God love, and He will repay me in Love,” she said. He gives her this love Himself and by way of His creatures, because this little saint of ours is certainly well-loved! – It is the love that she gave Him that my meagre needlework highlights. It is still in the making. Everyone is bringing their own modifications and beauty to it. There are 8 of us working on it. I don’t know when you’ll see it.

Sr M. of the S. H. has told me that she thought Mrs Lecourt had already taken you Father Pichon’s obituary notice. She will see to it. You can keep it. – Your plant is doing well, but it hasn’t flowered because of the dry weather. Do you find my stereo postcards interesting?

Tell your Mother that Mr de Bercegol has no need for staff at the O.S.T [Oblates of Saint Thérèse] for the moment. If a vacancy opens up, we would be happy to appeal to this young war widow. Thank you for suggesting her.

We have at last received the telegram. We were rather worried, not realising that we wouldn’t have news straight away because the Pope requested a couple of days for prayer. He no doubt waited until the two days were over before replying, because 2 days isn’t long, and now he will prepare for the important meeting on the 14th or 15th; we are not sure which but we think it is the 14th.

I send my love, darling sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face