From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 7, 1924

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 7, 1924

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                          7th October 1924


Darling little sister,

I’ve come with news of our dear patient. She is better today. Her temperature has fallen. This slight improvement has reassured us a bit, because we were very anxious. However, we don’t dare nurture the hope of seeing her recover, because she is so happy to be going to meet God! She says that her departure will represent our deposit for eternal life, and that she will come back for you first. You see, Léonie, you won’t have to mourn here below for very long.

And during your short exile, we won’t abandon you. Our Mother and I will put our work on hold to comfort you, and you won’t be at all cut off; on the contrary.

If Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart wrote to you more often than we did, it is because she had more time than us and because we had come to rely on her to do so. You see, everything that she said, the three of us were saying. When she’s in heaven, we’ll replace her, you can be sure of it.

Our dear Marie isn’t suffering too much. It’s her continuous nausea that is troubling her the most, and her high temperature. Otherwise, she doesn’t have any acute pain. She is being very brave and is edifying us all greatly. You can’t imagine how much she is loved here. The Sisters are saying that, in the Community, “she radiated goodness”.

Little sister, I’ve been thinking of you particularly today, because you were deeply upset to hear that our dear eldest sister was ill. But be brave, too. These times of mental agony are so meritorious that it would be a shame to waste them.

With love, darling sister, from your little companion in misfortune

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.