From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - June 4, 1922

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - June 4, 1922

+ Jesus                                                                   Carmel of Lisieux

   4th June 1922                                                                                                   

                                                                             Feast of Pentecost

Darling little sister,

I thought of you yesterday, 3rd June, on your 59th birthday. I took Communion for you, as you know, and I asked Jesus to shower my Léonie with good things.

Today is the anniversary of my Confirmation. I’ve always celebrated it with love and gratitude. It feels as though it happened only yesterday and I can still see myself in that white dress. I could sense that there was a particular splendour about the ceremony. What great graces I’ve received since then and it’s not over!

Your last letter, dear little sister, brought me great pleasure. The compliments you paid my crucifix picture really encouraged me and were a comfort to me because I receive so very few. I saw your little letter as a blessing from Jesus.

As for your question concerning the Cross’s inscription, it would take rather a long time to answer. I did some research and looked through the documents in the book by Rohault de Fleury on the instruments of the Passion.

The inscription was a rectangular tablet measuring 0.60 by 0.20 m. Only a part of it still survives today and it was from this remarkable relic that experts were able to reconstitute the whole plaque.

The letters are slightly indented and are 28 to 30 mm tall. They were painted red on a white background.

The words were written from right to left and the letters were reversed as though seen in a mirror, as was customary at the time. And the author quotes from other written texts, also from right to left. That’s all I can tell you. These days, Japanese is still written in the same way and the translation of our little Thérèse’s life story is read starting at the back of the book.

As for the copies of Thérèse’s statue of the Child Jesus, we buy them from the company Ralff in Paris but our profits are so slim that we sell them at a loss due to the overhead costs. The smallest white ones cost between 6 and 7 frs.

The one that is 26 cm tall costs 15 frs in white and 30 frs in colour. Mr de Bercegol is the one who deals with sales and these prices are roughly what Sr Marie of the Trinity remembers.

As for the small reliquaries, I think you mean the sachets of leather. They are indeed a little speciality for our Thérèse.

We were very upset that Mgr de Teil died and we still can’t believe it. We loved him very much. He was extremely devoted to us. It saddens our hearts deeply to lose all those who were friends of the Cause like this, on the eve of its fruition. It would have been so lovely to see the beatification together after having worked so hard together. O, earth is a place of banishment, nothing more! We feel it with every step we take. But soon it will be our turn to fly away. Mgr de Teil and his two brothers, all three of whom were old, died within the space of 6 months. Mother Thérèse of the Eucharist and three of her sisters all died young, within the space of two years. I have a feeling that we’ll follow each other closely too. When one of us goes, the others won’t be far behind. I send you my love, darling sister. Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face