From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 24, 1928

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 24, 1928

+ Jesus                                                       Carmel of Lisieux

                                                               24th December 1928


Dear little sister,

I’m writing to wish you a happy Christmas and New Year. This year is going to be important for us, because we’ll see the placing of the basilica’s first stone to the sound of joyful songs.

God has decided that we should live to see it with our eyes of flesh. This is undoubtedly a blessing since a long life is His reward for obeying the 4th commandment.

Our time to meet Him will come and He won’t forget to call us to Him; that is most certain. Our eldest sister is going to enter her 70th year. She is still young at heart, but a little crippled as a result of rheumatism. God preserve her! We would like to go to heaven ourselves but we always think it’s too early when our loved ones appear to be next in line. They could be a hundred and we still wouldn’t think that their time had come.

Did you know that the bishop of Séez is going to hold a great celebration in Alençon next year in honour of our little saint? He is using the consecration of Thérèse’s birthplace (the chapel) as a pretext. The altar stone will contain relics of St Martin, Pope and Martyr, St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, and the Holy Innocents (it requires the relics of two martyrs). I’ll be the one who sees to these relics, as for our altars and sacred stones here.

People tell us that the house in Alençon is very well done and that the little chapel is delightful. There’s a crypt underneath, the Bl. Sacrament is also present, and the Sisters expose the Bl. Sacrament and say their Office there. God is therefore in two places at Thérèse’s birthplace and He is well loved, I assure you. Our parents would never have believed it!

The Sisters who are there are nuns of the Apostolic Carmel. They break away like this into little groups of 6 or 8 Sisters to found communities for different missions. They are charming and extremely kind. Mrs Grant was very apprehensive about their arrival but she’s very happy now. The Sisters spoil her and are extremely thoughtful.

That’s enough about Alençon. I hope our letters don’t cross so that you can respond to what we’ve told you. It brings us pleasure to know we’ve brought some to you.

Goodbye, little Léonie, I love you with all my heart. Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face and St Teresa


I’m sending you a little calendar, which is always a feast for our old eyes.