From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 21, 1935

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 21, 1935

J. + M.1

P.C.2                                                                           Carmel of Lisieux 21st April 1935

Beloved little sister,

We are anxious for news of you, and to know whether you have fully recovered. Your dearest Mother updated us, it’s true, but it was when you were still in the infirmary, and you must have left by now.

Dear Father Travert had a relapse. His temperature rose to 40.1° and we were worried. He is recovering very slowly and the Dr has forbidden him from saying Mass, even today, Easter Day. Sr St Scholastica (Castel) had a relapse too. The same would have happened to you if you hadn’t been so well nursed.

The Sisters at the Carmel of Carpentras had the flu. Everyone recovered except the young 51 year old nurse who, after exhausting herself caring for the sick, died within three days. She was a favourite to become Prioress. The Sisters are distraught.

O little Léonie, when I reflect on today’s feast, my heart turns towards heaven, where almost all our loved-ones are gathered, and where all are proclaiming Jesus, His Victory over death and the Bl. Virgin, who has suffered so much over the past few days.

This day also makes me think of our own resurrection, for which Jesus is our model. From the description of the Angels in the Holy Gospel, we can imagine what we’ll be like one day: “They shone brighter than the sun.” Our Lord didn’t even take on this beautiful appearance when He revealed Himself to the two holy women and His disciples. He wanted to stay more human, more within their reach, so as not to frighten them. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t shine with the same brilliance as the Angels because Jesus said, “we’ll resemble God’s Angels.”

At the prospect of this eternal future, the following psalm passage escaped my poor heart at the Tenebrae service: “Alas, my exile is too long!” It was the prophet-king who once said this and his exile ended such a long time ago! Ah, he doesn’t think it lasted long now, and we won’t find it long either when we reach the port! In the meantime, let’s not be sparing of our good deeds for Jesus. He was generous enough to offer Himself totally for us.

On Sunday I’ll be 66 years old. Pray that Jesus might be pleased with me and fashion me to His liking.

I send you my love, beloved little sister. Your loving Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face

and St Teresa


1 Jesus and Mary

2 Pax Christi (Peace of Christ)