From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 26, 1922

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 26, 1922

+ Jesus                                                             Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                       26th January 1922


Dear little sister,

I wish you a happy feast day. I’ve come with a little bouquet of violets, which Sr Marie of the Child Jesus (who made it) insists that I send you.

Sr Marie-Henriette of Jesus has also arranged and carefully labelled samples of the various clothes that Thérèse will wear in her large Reliquary. But the embroidery models have all faded, as they are not made of pure gold, and you’ll be able to see the difference. If only you knew how beautiful and sparkly the clothes are. They are both sumptuous and simple at once. In the embroideries, which are finest quality pure gold, on the habit, there are lots of fine pearls and on the cloak, lots of gemstones. These are white opals resembling dew drops and sapphires, so everything is in blue and white. And there are also some diamonds. All these gems were given to us. There is about 13000 francs’ worth of gems on the cloak. You mustn’t tell anyone this to avoid arousing greed.  

The tunic is in supple ivory silk decorated with Alençon lace. The band of lace is about 12 mm wide.

But that’s enough about that. I’m telling you all this because I know it will interest you. As for us, we are overwhelmed with grief at losing our Holy Father. Our Mother wept and so did I. We are worried. (1) He understood the Little Way so well, which is rare. God knows what He is doing. It was during the night of Thursday to Friday that his flu suddenly became fatal. That Thursday evening, when I went to bed, I could smell perfume, and I didn’t know what it meant. I know now that it was our little saint’s way of telling us that she is watching over us, and is with us, and that we shouldn’t be afraid even if we have lost our greatest support.

Little Léonie, let us pray hard for one another so that we might not be too unworthy of being the sisters of a saint. I for one am afraid of bringing shame upon her, and if I didn’t have her little way of humility to guide me, I do believe I would lose heart.

I was very pleased to hear that you all appreciated our book.

I send my love, darling little sister. Happy feast day once again.

Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face. r.c.i. 

(1) written by Mother Agnes of Jesus:

but very peaceful and surrendered. It is a grief that lifts our hearts above the earth and does us good.

Sr Agnes of Jesus