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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 21, 1926

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 21, 1926

+ Jesus                                                                21st November 1926

                                                                                                      

Darling Léonie,

I’m writing to bid you farewell before Advent. In three weeks, we’ll be together again, no doubt, rejoicing in the Mystery of Christmas. We won’t see many more on earth now. We are growing old and soon we’ll be reunited in the heavens. The months and years go by so quickly!

Mrs Maudelonde is now in heaven. We don’t know anything about how she died. A few days beforehand, a little note from Jeanne simply told us that she had pneumonia. I wonder whether she was conscious until the end.

She had such a calm life, and endured few great hardships. She had 5 children and didn’t lose any of them, had 11 grandchildren without losing a single one, and 11 great-grandchildren who are all still alive. Then I think of our dear mother who had so much trouble bringing us up and all too often found herself beside a coffin! Yes, our life has been a hard struggle and full of hardship. It is true that God has made up for it already and given us great joy and a great honour, but this joy and honour are as though veiled, and we can only partly rejoice in them on this earth. Here, everything is subject to envy, and to the jealousy of men and the devil, for, it must be said, they do have the power to do us a degree of harm.

Oh, very often the words, “Blessed are those who weep,” comfort me, as do the words that bless those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice, and also the passage in the office during the Consecration, which we say so often at this time of year: “In the new Jerusalem, there will be no more mourning or crying or pain, but only triumphant shouts of joy, for the Lord himself will wipe all the tears from our eyes.”

O darling little sister, this is so encouraging, and gives us the strength to spend our time of exile trying to please our dearly Beloved.

I don’t know whether our Mother will tell you this, but she has just received a visit from . . . the Pope’s niece! She came here on her honeymoon with her husband, the Marquis of (??). The photographer took their photo in front of the chapel door, so you’ll see what they look like.

Now, my darling Léonie, I wanted to tell you that I’ve often thought of your esteemed Mother. How is she? Are you still worried for her health? May our little saint heal her very quickly!

I love you and send you a heartfelt kiss. Your little companion in misfortune

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.