From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 28, 1924

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 28, 1924

+ Jesus                                                             Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                       28th February 1924


Darling little sister,

I’m writing to bid you my Lenten farewell. In just a few weeks, Easter will be upon us again. Oh, when will we celebrate the eternal Easter!

Since the Beatification, it doesn’t seem like my workload has lessened. There’s still much to do. Today I made up some crates to send the vestments and linen to Alençon for pilgrim groups, or rather, I filled them with everything that I’ve been preparing these past months. We have to think of everything. I’ve even, from afar, had to set up a sacristy in the house with a large cupboard in it expressly to hold everything. It’s not easy and has given me a great deal of trouble.

Likewise, I’ve equipped Les Buissonnets with everything necessary for religious services. Speaking of Les Buissonnets, your little bedroom is going to be converted into a relic room. It will contain a large display cabinet with toys and various objects from our little saint’s childhood in it. Everything will be artistically presented amid draperies (Mr. Ménage is the one organising it). An opening is going to be made in the wall separating your old room from ours, and pilgrims will walk through the room and leave by way of the garden after having visited the oratory. This way, there’ll be no congestion. Apparently it was dreadful last year. Once people had gone up to see the belvedere, they couldn’t come down again because of the crowds refusing to move forwards. People almost got hurt.

In Alençon, we’re buying the little white house that was adjoined to ours. We’ll knock it down and then people will be able to walk all round the birthplace. They’ll enter through the little chapel on the right (currently being built). From this chapel, people will see the bedroom-come-oratory through a bay window that is being put in the wall. Processions will be able to pass through “old Mrs Battoir’s” garden and ours, and come out on the left in Rue St Blaise.  

There now, I’ve given you lots of details today. You won’t understand a thing. Yet I’d like to think that they interests you a little bit. Pray that we might accomplish all the work that God has given us to do. I send you all my love. Your little Céline,

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face