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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 25, 1929

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 25, 1929

+ Jesus                                                         Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                25th December 1929

Darling little sister,

Once more we greet each other at Christmas and exchange our wishes, which we task sweet Jesus to ratify. Instead of being a period of rest, Advent brought me a marked increase in work. Things rained down on me all at once, “as thick as hailstones” as they say.

I saw to the plans for the pavilion. We needed to decide which trees and shrubs to plant there and it was very arduous because the gardener did nothing but make silly mistakes. To give you an idea, he planted horse chestnut trees a metre away from the neighbours. Well, we would have had complaints, especially as the neighbours to the pavilion are far from obliging and are making our task as difficult as they can.

Yet God allows all these things to happen in order to make our success greater at the end and ensure that all our work is based on solid foundations. Yes, Léonie, we must “cross the Jordan with our walking stick.” There is no boat to take us across or aeroplane at our disposal to take us by air.

After that, I had to see to the relics for the altar stones in the Crypt. It is a very, very long and meticulous task. Not to mention that

                                                                                                27th December 1929

Léonie, I interrupted my letter at this point and I can’t remember what it was that I wasn’t going to mention. So let’s talk about something else.

Do you know what became of the crucifix that Thérèse called her “big” crucifix, the one that her dear Léonie gave her, and which she threaded onto her belt the way Missionaries do for her 1st Communion retreat?

I have quite a large figure of Christ measuring about 12 cm that is in bronze on dark wood, like those we buy in town. Papa hung it in his bedroom by the mirror when Marie left to join the Carmel. She was the one who gave it to him. I’m under the impression that it is the relic in question. Thérèse might have given it to Marie. You know that Sr Marie of the S.H. doesn’t have a good memory or an interest in archival matters. It makes us laugh sometimes. So she doesn’t remember anything about the crucifix that it is thought she gave to Papa.

On that note, darling little sister, I send you all my love.

Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face