From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 7, 1929

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 7, 1929

+ Jesus                                                                    Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                                 7th August 1929


Dear little sister,

Thank you kindly for your feast day wishes, for your Communions for me and for your little letter. I knew my Léonie’s letter wouldn’t be late! I don’t forget your feast days or anniversaries, either, even when I don’t say anything. And so I remember St Leo’s day, 3rd June, etc. etc.

Mrs Grant also wrote to me for my feast day. She told us that Mrs Tifenne has received the Last Sacraments, while unconscious. Yet we believe that she will recover again this time, because it was following indigestiontrouble. Her whole family has come over. It is true that at her age, everything is serious. It is said that she will go suddenly. This old friend has been more faithful to us than any of our other Alençon friends. Through them, Our Lord’s words came true: “No one is a prophet in their own land,” whereas with her, it was completely the opposite. She heaped praise upon our family, and as she is very, very intelligent, she held everyone who came to see her under her charm. And friends of our little saint wouldn’t go to Alençon without going to see Mrs Tifenne; she’s an old relic of times gone by.

At the pavilion, we’re going to build a gatehouse. There will be 5 small ground floor rooms: one as a guardian’s lodge and room to sell the keepsakes, another as a kitchen, and the 3rd as a dining room. There’ll be a basement for the cellar and some WCs. The guardian and her companion will sleep in the little pavilion bedrooms. Things don’t seem to be moving quickly and when they don’t, I feel like they are delaying my departure for heaven!

Jeanne has gone to Aix-en-Savoie, without telling us and without coming to see us. She gave us her address once she was settled. She took Charlotte Lahaye. You can see that she is showing us little warmth, and we would have so liked it to be otherwise.

I’ve just recovered from a very painful bout of rheumatism in my teeth. It has lasted 3 weeks and I’m not rid of it yet. I’m still eating with a little teaspoon as I can’t open my mouth. Yet it’s getting better. I wish I was two months older. All our celebrations are tiring. Still, they are for God’s glory.

I send you all my love, darling Léonie

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n. 

I’m sending you a pretty picture as a memento of my feast day.