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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1927

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1927

+ Jesus                                                             Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                      27th January 1927

                                                                                                            

Beloved little Sister,

It’s with great affection that I wish you a happy feast day. May our little Thérèse and her sweet patron the Child Jesus shower you with heaven’s best graces! It goes without saying that my Communion on the 29th will be for you.

With our letters, you will receive the little gifts of “Thérèse’s last words” and a variety of stereo slides with a cardboard stereoscope box. The slides and stereoscope box were my gift to our Mother on her feast day. I had been planning them for ages and I had a great deal of trouble during the celebrations getting them published, from the printing of the slides to the making of the stereoscope box, which the manufacturer created specially.

To use it, you pull out the little draw completely or just enough to be able to lift the piece of card with the two lenses on it. The card is held in place vertically by lifting up a little card tab that you will find underneath.

Then you push open the draw until you can see clearly, that is to say until it is the right distance from the stereo card, which you place in the slot on the cover, facing the draw. The draw should be able to contain the cards once closed, but it’s a tight fit due to the cards’ envelopes! We’ll do better for the next edition.  

And so, dear Léonie, I think you’ll be pleased to see some shots of our celebrations, the Carmel and the cemetery statue. You’ll let me know if you liked them.

I also gave our Mother three red and cream covers to hold the papal bull, the Canonisation Mass attended by the Pope and the various ceremonies that took place on that great day. The three books are placed on a stand measuring one metre in length. We’ll place them in one of the infirmary showcases. I’ll send you a photograph when I’ve taken one.

There were some really beautiful gifts. All our Sisters outdid themselves in ingenuity and good taste. All presents revolve around our little saint now and it’s vital that our Mother has enough to last for months! From time to time, she sends a box of little reliquaries to the Pope, and he couldn’t be more pleased. We can tell this from the replies he has sent back. Also, often bishops passing through here tell us that the Holy Father has given them a small relic and that they are delighted with it. Such information interests us greatly.

Goodbye, darling sister. Once again, have a very happy feast day!!

Your loving little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n. 

P.S. written by Mother Agnes of Jesus

Enclosed is a banknote that Mother Sub-Prioress and the council offer you for your celebration dinner.