From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - July 8, 1926

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - July 8, 1926

+ Jesus                                                                   Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                              8th July 1926


Dearest little sister,

I haven’t written to you for a long time, but I think of you so often that it feels as though I’m by your side. Darling little sister, only in heaven will you know how much I love you. Oh, how happy we’ll be when we’re all reunited! Will this day come soon?

In the meantime, we must struggle on and suffer. You can imagine what we have to endure for our Thérèse’s Cause. It’s a battle on all fronts. Jeanne has just left the visiting room. She gave us a little idea of how much slander and ill-feeling there is against us in town. At first, we were outraged; it’s so unfair. Then we remembered to love the cross and consider it as glorious.

The day before yesterday, Cardinal Touchet passed through here and came to see our Mother. He wasn’t able to go into the chapel because of a large group of pilgrims that we didn’t even know was there. That shows you how little we are disturbed. We’re used to hearing singing in the chapel from afar without knowing what’s happening. The Cardinal was very struck by this and when our Mother said that it was rather remarkable, the Cardinal replied, “It’s not remarkable, it’s wonderful, and this is only the dawn. Imagine what we’ll see in broad daylight!” He himself realised that the basilica is urgently needed, but God allows only a few to be enlightened on this point. People think that we’re wealthy but the truth is that we’re very poor due to the expenses we have. But Divine Providence knows what we need and will give us “our daily sustenance” for the mission He has entrusted to us. That is certain.

If you could see our street, you wouldn’t recognise it. It’s like in Lourdes; there are shops all along it. Mrs Belhomme Chosson, opposite us, has also opened a little boutique. Almost all the shopkeepers pretend they don’t sell our models or circulate counterfeits. There are two sides to every coin. Yet God allows people to represent Him in a disgraceful manner most of the time, so we mustn’t be surprised if our little saint shares in His hardship: “The disciple is not above his Master.” Jeanne told us that not a single place in Trouville sells a decent book on Thérèse, and that there’s only the one by Mrs Delarue Mardus everywhere. God will make sure that good comes of this, as always. He shall have the last word. Darling little sister, all these side issues and this baseness detaches us from earth and we mustn’t complain. What’s more, they are the sign that great things are happening. If our saint wasn’t doing so much good, the devil wouldn’t be thrashing about so much. Goodbye beloved little Léonie.

Your little sister

Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n 

On 3rd June, I took Communion for my Léonie. I never forget her birthday or anniversaries.