From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - September 27, 1929

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - September 27, 1929

+ Jesus                                                         Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                27th September 1929


Dear little sister,

Thank you very much for your letter. Though tiny it brought me great pleasure, because I’m not used to being addressed letters because, despite being 60 years old, I’m still the youngest.

I took your messages for the Miss Bosseys to the Turn, but there are no cards. Everyone muddles through as best they can. In fact, we aren’t part of any of it; there is no ceremony at the Carmel. We can only give them some cards for the diorama, which we’ll make sure we’ll do. The organisers have made a certain number available to us for our families in thanks for the few services that we have done them, even though we aren’t a part of any of their undertakings. The diorama has a whole gallery of scenes showing the various stages of our little saint’s life. It’s very good, apparently, and the decors rich (Leo XIII’s robe cost them 4,000 frs). Little Thérèse is wearing a black velvet robe, and for the Reception of the Habit scene, a white velvet robe with a swan on it.  

And now, so that you can enjoy a glimpse of the Missionary Exhibition, your “Prisoner of Love” is sending you via me our stereo slides, which only came yesterday. Our Sisters have had a quick look at them so that we can lend them to you. Send them back to us via someone when you’ve seen them enough.

The Hermitage has been built in the old yard of the hotel Le Maur. All that’s left of the hotel is the street façade, and the old building leads to the Hermitage, which has spilled over into the surrounding gardens. Its inner courtyard evokes the Carmel one minus a cloister at the end, because we must think about the future. Everything in this part of town, from the river to the Rue d’Orbec, belongs to the Work. Our land goes up to Mrs Lecourt’s property, which she promised to sell us later on. The land therefore extends almost to the Rue d’Honfleur, not far from the Rue des Terres Noires that leads directly up to the fence around the basilica.  

I don’t know whether you’re going to be able to follow my directions, for we didn’t know these parts of town well at all. I wanted to tell you these things to initiate you a little into our affairs and those of our little saint. – In the envelope, you’ll also find a picture that I was given for the 35th anniversary of my joining the Carmel (14th September) and I didn’t forget to keep one back for my Léonie. And now I will leave you, though I’m never far away.

With lots of love

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face


Happy and holy feast day on the 30th!