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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 5, 1931

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 5, 1931

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 5th April 1931

                                                                                               Happy feast day on the 11th!      Easter

                                                                       My Communion will be for my darling Léonie.

Dear little Léonie,

I’ve come to sing Alleluia with you, and though it is on the lyre of exile, it doesn’t matter, for our voices are nevertheless in tune with the indescribable melodies of Paradise.

On Good Friday I received a note from the Abbey announcing the death of Marguerite Leroy (Mother of the Holy Rosary). She died on Thursday evening with the calmness and serenity of someone who is glad to go to God. I was told that it was “a brief case of flu” that took her. It must have seemed benign, because the Sisters seem very surprised and much saddened by her death.

When I received this news, I thought of you, darling little sister, and of your great disappointment. There were undoubtedly many more reasons for you to go: age, seriousness of illness, etc., plus being a sister of Thérèse, as she must surely want us with her!

Yes God decided otherwise. Why? Only He knows. I myself believe that He wishes us to practice self-surrender, for that is what He would most like to receive, no doubt. At every moment of every day, His messengers the Angels take Him messages from earth, but very few must bring Him real pleasure and untainted joy. He receives many requests, and He loves them because He is so good that He loves to give. He also receives gifts, but some bring Him more pleasure than others. He doesn’t look at the offerings, but at the disposition of the giver’s heart. And the sight that must delight Him the most is a soul who surrenders itself like a tiny child, without trying to understand what God means to do, someone who always praises Him for everything that happens to them, even when it is completely opposed to their liking.

Little Léonie, oh, don’t waste a single opportunity to blindly surrender yourself to God, following our little Thérèse’s example.

It seems that is was her perfect self-surrender that won her the trust of the Sovereign Pontiff, he who has limitless trust in “his Star”. It’s not surprising that she is encouraging her little sisters to practice it.

Léonie, you’re going to laugh at my humble finale, because I must set about closing my letter as I’ve almost filled the page. It’s a little German engraving showing Thérèse’s first Confession. We think it charming and our Mother finds the picture very amusing. I hope you like it. I received your card about Mr Louis P.’s daughter. Is she any better? Mr P. wrote to me asking us to pray for her. We weren’t able to reply as we don’t know his address, but you must have done so and that’s sufficient for us. If you have the opportunity, tell him that we prayed fervently.

I send my love, darling little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u. c. n. 

This morning the chapel was full for every Mass. There were many men, and countless communicants. At the High Mass, it was a deacon who distributed the Holy Eucharist. I’ve never had the opportunity to see this before. Apparently not a day goes by that wonderful conversions don’t occur; 50 to 60 souls turn back to God at a time. The confessors are amazed. And so we are harvesting the fruits of our little saint’s self-surrender. Let us take note to plant this fine tree in the garden of our souls!