From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 3, 1926

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 3, 1926

+ Jesus                                                                 Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                             3rd April 1926


Dear little Sister,

The Alleluia has been sung, so I’m writing to you already in the hope that our letter can be given to you earlier. I don’t like being late.

What can I tell you? I took my retreat during Lent and, as always, God gave me “an insight into my insignificance”, which does me as much good as insight on my faith. What’s more, now that the Canonisation year is over, I thought I could expect to suffer, in many ways. But in His goodness, He has put a bed of myrrh in the depths of our hearts to drain the rains that lash us by day and by night. And this water will be anointed, pure and fresh for Jesus and for the souls we want to save!

Our occupations are keeping us as busy as ever. We don’t have time to catch our breath. I’m seeing to the statues for the Way of the Cross. I have an Italian sculptor working in Rome, Mr Alliot in Paris for the Angels and another artist in Paris for the stations’ bas-reliefs. It is giving me quite a bit of worry. Still, everything is underway and I can breathe. Spare a little prayer that all this work might be successful. The artist in Rome is doing two scenes: Bethlehem and Our Lord placing a little child among His disciples. In the Bethlehem scene, our little saint will be taking her roses to Him in the manger. As for the other scene, she will be looking at it from her cell. We will have a statue of Thérèse sitting, and the wall will show an opening in the hedge from which she will contemplate the vision. There’ll be two spaces in a passageway leading to the Way of the Cross, one on one side, and one on the other. A railing will separate these spaces from the public. One will show the scene of Bethlehem, the other, a Carmelite cell. Don’t tell anyone this yet; we’re keeping our plans secret until everything is built, because there’s a long way to go before they’re built, and it is the things that are kept silent that are the most successful. Yes, silence is very powerful, not only in this case but in many circumstances.

Another thing: you must be wondering why we haven’t yet sent you a photo of the little turtledove couple. Alas, alas! After a year of waiting, we have been forced to admit that we are in the presence of two fine males. What can we do? Our Mother would rather like to find them two companions but she wants them to be worthy enough. So we need two pretty little white females . . . that have been raised in a convent!!! If you happen to know of a Community that might have some, we’d be extremely happy to receive them via our dear Visitation!

Now, darling Léonie, I’m going to send you all my love and ask you to remember me to your dear Mother. Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.