From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 16, 1927

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 16, 1927

+ Jesus                                                                 Carmel of Lisieux  

                                                                            16th April 1927


Dearest little sister,

The Alleluia has been sung, so I’m joyfully returning to your side, but I never really left you. I think of you very, very often every day. Every morning during thanksgiving I mention your name to Jesus, because I ask Him to give my darling sisters what I desire myself. The first and greatest of our desires is that love might break our bonds, as I’ve already told you. This desire is not based on trust in God, because I can in no way claim that I deserve to see it fulfilled.

However, I have another desire, and to see it fulfilled, I need to make an effort even though it is always for Jesus to accomplish most of the work.

Léonie, how can I explain it to you? These past few days, I’ve ardently desired to please Jesus. I went over in my mind the greatest and holiest of deeds that we can do here below, and I discovered that none of them was what I was looking for, even those that are done out of love. What can I do then, seeing as the weariness and building work that constitute my life aren’t worth comparing to what I seek?

Little by little, very gently, I came to realise that fraternal charity was the one hidden, precious pearl that corresponded to my desire and I resolved to sell everything I possessed to buy this treasure. Therefore, obtaining the grace to practice this virtue perfectly is the purpose of all my prayers. I feel like I have no other objective and think of nothing else.

During the Office, this passage from a psalm struck me: “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” And elsewhere, I read: “I am now determined to change my life, andthis change is the work ofthe right hand of the Most High.”

Yes, I will be determined to change every morning without wanting to remember what I did the day before, because I could lose heart and go back to sleep.

Oh, yes, I sense that this is what pleases Jesus because, over Easter, He leaves us with His will and testament, which is joy, peace, and the certainty of loving Him if we accomplish His one commandment: “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My commandment is this: love one another as I have loved you.”

Yet my Easter letter won’t interest you, poor little sister! I would have loved to have brought you joy and told you a host of things. Alas, not many things are cheerful, and trials and tribulations are our daily bread, but what bliss it is to think that we have the same share as Jesus!

Goodbye, darling little sister. I send you all my love

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

I remembered my Léonie’s feast day on 11th April.