From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 21, 1931

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 21, 1931

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 21st November 1931

Dear little sister,

It is time for another renewal of vows with all four of us present, yet there will be a day when all four of us are in heaven. It will come, do not fear. When you are 60 years old, you have a valid ticket in your pocket and your seat will not always be stolen. One has yet to see someone escape death. Meanwhile, time is very precious.

You mentioned a little robber of Paradise; Mr Louis Pougheol’s daughter. Alas, don’t say such things. But I haven’t yet glanced at the obituary booklet. You can’t imagine how tied up I am.

I’m currently very busy seeing to the building of the sacristy and infirmary annexes on Mr and Mrs Fleuriot’s land and to the garden. There will also be a large room named “the Gloria room” which will store keepsakes from the Canonisation and Beatification, such as decrees, papal bulls, paintings, ornaments, papal memorabilia, etc., etc.

I’m also looking after the Sisters from the Oblates of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus at Les Buissonnets. Miss Castel chose to leave because she was too tired. Her departure has caused us problems and made it difficult for me to find furniture for the Sisters and help them settle in. At present, the house at Les Buissonnets is a wreck and there are workers everywhere. The floor of the bedroom needs to be supported from underneath as it risks crumbling under the pressure of all the pilgrims. A private home is built with a family in mind and not the trampling of hundreds and thousands of people every day.

We’re even installing a revolving door to create a passageway at the end of Papa’s bedroom so that people can file through one by one. Incomers will enter by way of the bedroom-come-oratory, and those leaving will pass next to the fireplace by way of our father’s bedroom.

I was very touched by the parcel of photos of the Visitation. They are too good for me. What I would particularly like is some postcards of the things outside the Visitation that I can remember, for instance the door onto the street, the inner courtyard, and the outside view of the visiting rooms and chapel. I’ll ask Miss Violette to print them out for me. Do thank your dearest Mother for the lovely photographs that were sent.

Our dear eldest sister is no better. The rheumatism is worsening. I too sometimes suffer from it, especially at night, making me groan. But I’m pleased to have something hidden to offer up to God, because people rarely sympathise with rheumatism. People only know you’re in pain if you tell them; it’s not visible. A wound is visible. Sometimes, I think of the torture that martyrs endured. It is like enduring the pincers or the Catherine Wheel.

You, too, little Léonie, have much to offer up to God. How privileged we are!

Your little Céline sends you a fond kiss

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face and St Teresa