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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 6, 1923

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 6, 1923

+ Jesus                                                                  Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                              6th August 1923

                                                                                                                  

Dearest little sister,

I’ll begin by telling you not to worry about the relic. You’ll have it by the 21st. We have received it, but it’s too late to see to it in the next few days because we’re too busy. So once next week is over, we’ll sort it out and have it brought to you by Mr Ménage or a messenger. Pierre would prefer going to Caen expressly.

I’ll also start by replying to your questions. Grandpapa Martin didn’t have any brothers. You mustn’t believe everyone who says they are our relative and we must be very careful in this regard. A so-called Martin in the south claimed that he was Sr Thérèse’s cousin, and took advantage of many people in Lourdes. Ultimately, he turned out to be a crook. Someone else insisted that our grandfather was from Lorraine to connect him to his family!

Our dear little Saint hasn’t been appointed protector of the Society of St Peter. Since the death of Mgr Tiberghien, its promoter, the society seems to be without leadership and slowing down. Our main work, the one that is the dearest to us at the moment, involves the building of a church in Rome that has a seminary for priests from the separated Churchesof theEast. Now that is a worthy mission.

I’ll ask our Sisters to obtain a copy of “An Unpetalled Rose” for you.

Concerning Rev. Fr Besnard’s visit, we can’t make any requests or invite anyone. His Lordship himself grants access to priests accompanying him when he pleases. It is up to them to be on the lookout and try their luck.

As for the miracles, how do you expect them to be approved by Rome already when they take several months to study following their trial in the diocese where they took place! Their approbation will be in the last decree, which will be issued a few weeks prior to the canonisation.

Léonie, I think I’ve answered all your questions. Now it remains for me to thank you for the kind and affectionate letter you sent for my feast day, for the little scented flowers and for the lovely gift of your Communion on 6th August.

This year I had a very solemn anniversary and feast day. I’ve never had the like before and never will again.

If only you could see the splendid celebrations that are taking place in Lisieux! Apparently, the streets are lined with arches of flowers and greenery. The flower-decorated car looks delightful and the pilgrims have a touching devotion to little Thérèse. They kneel down where the large reliquary passes, touching objects to it. It’s incredible to see how much everyone loves her. In Lisieux, it’s as though all the celebratory days have come at once. You can see bunches of balloons in the streets, and musicians from the centre of France who have come to play their fanfare to the Little Flower. Oh, it’s so wonderful to think and see how religion is being glorified! Goodbye, darling little sister. I love you with all my heart. Your little Céline,

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face

u.c.n.

Thank you for having kept E. Bossey at a distance. We couldn’t get rid of her.

Sr M. of the S.H. is much better. She is on the road to recovery. We can tell because she’s gardening like she used to.

The book on Thérèse’s spirituality is very, very successful. You were good judges and prophets at the Visitation.