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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 25, 1921

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 25, 1921

+ Jesus                                                          Carmel of Lisieux

                                                               25th December 1921- Christmas

Darling little sister,

Here we are reunited after another Advent. One day, the great “Advent of heaven” will be upon us, too, and we’ll all be together forever.

In the meantime, we must struggle on and suffer. The little picture (The Child Jesus with the lamb walking along a cross over the river) that we’re sending you delights everyone here. It corresponds exactly to our life and to the help that Jesus gives us, as well as to the reward that He is preparing for us, because it is on His heart that we’ll rest forever. Alas, I’m not there yet. I’m on the part of the bridge right in the middle of the river, and yet I’ve already come a fair way, as have you, darling little Léonie. And so I hope that one day the race will end almost without us realising it. Jesus will come for us wherever we are at the appointed time and press us to His Heart, and there we’ll stay for eternity.

Yet since I was telling you where I was on the little cross, I must tell you that work is what constitutes my cross at the moment, and will continue to do so, I expect, until our little saint is beatified. My time is spread between the workers, while there are drawings that need retouching and photographs that need to be taken. I need to add halos everywhere, photograph them all again large and small, and see to the publications. At the moment, I’m organising all the linen, vestments, etc. for the pilgrimages. It’s fabulous. I’m also arranging all the relics in the relic room, which is ever such a long and difficult task! On top of that, there’s the question of the statues to resolve so that they can be completed, and at the moment, the approach of our Mother’s feast day is worrying me greatly. I don’t have anything for her, having spent my time not singing merrily but organising everything.  

To sum it all up, I’ve found myself forced to delegate a bit. For instance, I was supposed to paint the designs to go on the beatification vestments, and I’ve been obliged to have someone embroider the centre of the designated roundels instead. On that note, would you like to see the photo of the vestments that were used in Paray for the canonisation of Sr Margaret Mary Alacoque? They cost 1,700 frs I think. I’m going to send you the manuscript “Spirit of Bl. Margaret Mary” via Mrs Lecourt. Don’t keep it for more than a fortnight. You can send it back via Mr Ménage, the architect, who lives at 29 Rue des Carmes. He comes every Thursday.

I send you my love, darling sister, and wish you a happy and holy New Year. Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face

u.c.n. 

Give my respectful wishes to your Mothers.