From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 21, 1928

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 21, 1928      

+ Jesus                                                             Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                       21st January 1928      


Dear little Françoise-Thérèse

Happy Feast Day! On the 29th, my Communion will be for you. It’s the greatest gift I can give! I would have liked to have a little flower to perfume my letter, but nothing blossoms is our oasis at this time of year, except our hearts: they are always wide open facing heaven and our radiant sun Jesus.

Our Mother’s feast day was delightful, as always, because we form but one heart and one soul here, and we all outdo each other in taste and skill to try and bring joy to the Queen of the day.

You, too, were in our thoughts at the celebration since a Spanish lady sent us a charming Child Jesus figurine that we decided should go to you. Mother Sub-Prioress has arranged it for you.

I’m in a hurry again, because our Mother’s feast day has delayed me from getting on with everything. I have the whole book on Thérèse’s Spirituality to go over in view of a new edition, and many, many other things! My title as architect of the house creates a lot of extra work for me. I’m wrong to say “title”, because I fulfil the role without having the title. Speaking of architects, did you know that dear Mr Ménage is sick? He has had a relapse of pleurisy, is bedridden with a temperature and, if he pulls through, will have to go to the mountains for 6 months. We are worried and upset. He will be another friend we’ll miss, whereas our enemies are flourishing. Yet God knows what He has to do.

When you next write, tell me whether your statue is still in good condition, and whether it has suffered from frost or heat. Is it cracking? I think it will need repainting from time to time, with a “textured” oil paint. Make sure it isn’t too thick.

I’ve just organised a display cabinet to go on the mantelpiece in the room where Thérèse was born. It contains a little baby’s bonnet, bib, vest and little cloak. We’ll also furnish the bedroom with our parents’ bed, Mamma’s chair, the baby chair and the little Empire pedestal table from the small study in Les Buissonnets.

We have bought the dark red bedroom set that furnished the large bedroom and alcove (after Thérèse died) from Mrs Tifenne, so the Alençon house is going to be quite attractive.

Now, darling little sister, I’m going to bow out after having sent you all my love.

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face and St Teresa