From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 25, 1923

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 25, 1923

+ Jesus                                                               Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                          25th January 1923


Dear little sister,

I’ve come to wish you a happy and holy feast day. So this is the great, long-awaited year for which we’ve been preparing so long. These last weeks have been growing busier and busier. We wouldn’t really be able to cope without a very special and powerful grace. The work and heartache counterbalance the earthly joy that should quicken our hearts. Yet our hearts experience a purely spiritual joy, which is that of seeing God glorified through His little servant, and hoping in the good that will be done when she can be invoked openly.

We are currently preparing everything that’s necessary for the work on the relics. The Postulator will come in May to authenticate the small reliquaries and put his seals on both the large and medium sized reliquary. We have had a little golden hammer with an ebony handle and golden ferrules made. The mallet is decorated with white sapphires that were sent to us from the island of Ceylon.

The Crucifix that you returned to us is now decorated with diamonds. It has been mounted on a gold plaque.

I have the fabric to make the mattress and cushions for the large reliquary. It is a pretty dark blue. The material is made of silk and gold thread. It is worth 140 frs per metre and is 70 cm wide. It will have tassels decorated with blue sapphires. We haven’t bought anything, as all this has been given to us. God has reciprocated His little Thérèse’s Love and everyone is eager to treat her as a queen.  

I’m still busy with photographing, painting and finishing all the publications. I have a crazy workload.

Pray for me, darling little sister. You know that you’re in my heart. My Communion on the 29th will be for you.

From your loving little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face


Our Mother forgot to tell you the story of the sacristy bell, which we all heard ring at 6:30 in the evening just as the large reliquary arrived at the train station. The man bringing it had promised Our Mother that He would come straight to the Carmel and reassure her that the precious reliquary had been transported safely!!! He told us the following day that he hadn’t been able to find a lorry driver, and so the angels took it upon themselves to inform us of its arrival, because when she heard the sacristy bell, she said, “That’ll be the reliquary. Quick, go and answer the door.” Sr M. of St Augustine went, but there was no one there and all the inner and outer doors were locked. Sr of the Trinity has told Sr Marguerite-Agnès this, I think.

The hammer is meant for breaking the bones and making several relics out of them.