From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 26, 1929

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 26, 1929

+ Jesus                                                         Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                26th November 1929


Darling little sister,

I’m once again writing to bid you farewell before Advent, and we’ll no doubt be reunited once more at Christmas. Yet the day will come when this chain will break. I hope that I will be the unhooked link, and only under those circumstances will I permit myself to rejoice, because I can’t bear the thought of losing my little sisters.

Sr Marie of the S.H. is no worse. Perhaps winter will be kinder to her than summer. I am well and am becoming busier and busier because we’ve already begun to prepare the linen and vestments for the opening of the Crypt this summer. At the moment, it’s just bare ground, but things are going to move quickly, apparently.

We’ve just had a retreat like I’ve never had before. It was preached by dear Father Desbuquois, the Jesuit who rescued us from Fr Guislain. The priest is a real saint, and we could see that he practiced what he preached us. So he did us immense and profound good. We came away from every instruction with something. What struck me the most was his determination to see God’s hand in every little thing and life’s most insignificant events. So if we can convince ourselves that it’s God who wills such and such a problem, mark of disrespect, blunder just made, oversight, inconvenience had or foreseen, or upsetting letter etc., etc., we can’t help but smile at everything that happens to us, because it’s the expression of God’s design on us. I can’t tell you how much this has helped me and promises to help me. Yes, I hope to take advantage of it. Pray for me, darling little sister, that I might in no way obstruct God’s grace. And to think that this very physically busy friar lives a spiritual life so intense that it transcends everything! He is 60, has only led 6 retreats in his life (he doesn’t accept them) but lives a wonderful union with God, one that is practical, simple, and almost easy. It brings me great comfort to be busy here, too, in my humble sphere. Anyway, goodbye darling little sister. I send you all my love.    

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face and St Teresa