From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 21, 1927

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 21, 1927

+ Jesus                                                         Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                21st November 1927


Dearest little sister

I’m writing to bid you farewell before Christmas as in previous years, since every year we find ourselves still in exile.

I don’t have much time today, because our St John of the Cross celebrations are beginning before our other activities come to an end. I’m still dealing with the building work. You know that our new Turn Office runs from the old one to Mr Philippe’s old house, on the road to Livarot. Unfortunately it’s all façade and no depth, and the public might be surprised by it because the building looks enormously long. The visiting rooms are laid out in the same way as yours. In fact it was at the Visitation that I had the idea for them. They will be accessible via a corridor both on the inside and outside, and everything will be glass-panelled.

Now, what can I tell you? Shall I talk about our little saint and the mercy that God shows upon our family? Yes, I always like that subject.

Yesterday, I received a death announcement. Two large pages are typed and filled with names. All the high positions in society feature on it, and the families are right-minded, and pious, very pious come to that. Yet not one priest, not one friar or sister has a place on it. I said to myself, here’s a family that is prosperous in the worldly sense; in terms of its numbers and fortune. And I compared it with our own, the family of our holy Grandfather Martin, and that of our grandparents on the Guérin side. They were so faithful, and counted among their ancestors a priest who was almost a martyr, or at the very least a Confessor of the Faith during the Revolution. And I could see that these families hadn’t grown greater in any way, on either side. The only Guérin child, Jeanne, leads a very sad life and has no children. As for the others, you know their story. Could God not have lived up to His promise with regard to His faithful servants?

Léonie, what reward is theirs when you consider the heavenly treasure that is their inheritance! From a human perspective, they have nothing, but from the divine, oh, they receive in such magnificent abundance! And we are the awe-struck and thankful witnesses of it!

Goodbye, Léonie. Let’s praise the Lord!

Your little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face and St Teresa