From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - June 2, 1925

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - June 2, 1925

+ Jesus                                                                     Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                                  2nd June 1925


Darling Léonie,

I’m the one tasked with wishing you a happy birthday. Tomorrow, all four of us will take Holy Communion for you, and our Mother has given me this pretty rose petal to send you, which I’m more than happy to do because I don’t like being empty-handed when I’m sending wishes to Léonie.

We received your kind letter dated 31st May and the one from your Mother, and thank you both wholeheartedly. We’re going to send you the music you requested. As for the statue, Mr Bercegol is going to try and chase it up again. I fear that the manufacturer won’t deliver it before the date he set (end of June), and we should consider ourselves fortunate if he keeps his word! Poor little sister, knowing that you are deprived of this pleasure upsets me more than it does you, I think. God no doubt needed this suffering in His little offering box, there where our pittance falls into the bottomless pit of infinite merits. Along with our trifling day-to-day troubles, I often imagine offering up my little prayer and Thérèse making use of it.

Yesterday, I photographed our turtledove cage, with the sweet little things inside, but they’ve grown so fat over the past fortnight that they’re almost too big for it. We’ll send you the photo as soon as possible.

Cardinal Vico told the Pope that Sr Marie of the S.H. was the one looking after them. In fact, she has them looked after by her Lay Sisters. The birds are gentle and settle on your finger as soon as you put your hand inside the cage. They aren’t yet as fat as the ones we had at Les Buissonnets.

Darling little sister, once again, have a happy and holy birthday. Your little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face and St Teresa u.c.n.