From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 26, 1928

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 26, 1928    

                                                             Carmel of Lisieux

                                                         26th November 1928    

Dear little sister,

I don’t want Advent to begin without mingling my voice with those of our dear elder sisters and bidding you farewell until Christmas.

What can I tell you? Little Léonie, I’d like to convince you that the Visitation is very privileged to be keeping one of our little Saint’s teeth. It’s what Fr Rodrigue chose to put in his finest reliquary. A tooth is a whole bone and can’t be broken; it’s an “illustrious” part of the human body. It is found in the mouth, where Our Lord is so often received, and through which she spoke and voiced her thoughts. It caused our little Thérèse pain. She touched it and looked at it.

To help me realise the value of these objects, I make comparisons. For example, I tell myself: if I had to choose between one of the Bl. Virgin’s teeth and kneecaps, which would I pick? Ah, that’s not difficult!! I’d pick the tooth straight away.

That’s my taste. I hope it’s also yours.

Darling little sister, in the words of Thérèse: “Our boats are very close to port. The wind that pushes them is the wind of love,” and soon they, too, will be moored!

I send you all my love, little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face