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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 25, 1931

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 25, 1931

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 25th December 1931

                                                                                                             Christmas!

Darling little sister,

Here we are again, faithfully keeping our appointment. Praise be to God for everything! I was thinking this morning that we shouldn’t have any fear or desires with regard to our Spouse, for Jesus is so loving towards us. So far He has exceeded all our expectations. Can we possibly be afraid, even of living a long life? He told us, “Listen, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carriedsince you were born. Even unto your old age and grey hairs, I am He,I am He who will sustain you.” (Is.) Oh, little Léonie, let us rival one another in trust and self-surrender. Let’s not be outdone in these things, for they are virtues which He found so pleasing in our holy parents and little Thérèse.

On the centenary of our mother’s birth, the 23rd, my thoughts were very profound, for God’s hidden ways have the ability to excite zeal in me. His ways are so noble, and so independent of each other. He chooses means that seem contradictory in appearance to reach the goal He has set.

Take our family for instance. Our parents wanted to give the Church a priest, a missionary, and a saint. For a long time, God seemed to ignore this desire. Hopes no sooner born were dashed. Ultimately our mother left earth, leaving our dear father with five daughters whose futures were far from certain. How could it be hoped that they would all become nuns as our parents had desired? Humanly speaking, nothing was less likely. Yet Jesus, the Divine Child, took the whole nest in His hand and, as soon as the little fledglings had wings, He led them one by one towards the cloister. Yet what was to become of the father, the holy patriarch? Ah, the stormy wind that took away the mother after a life of hardship would not spare the father either and would wreak havoc. Who, at that moment, would have believed that our parents’ desires could be fulfilled so entirely, absolutely and abundantly? Nobody! The tree was utterly uprooted and the nest scattered to the 4 winds. But o unfathomable mystery of God, “O Wisdom, who governs the whole world with strength and kindness,” the youngest of these virtuous Christians’ children has been canonised. She is patroness of Missions throughout the world, and she has a Message for the world, whilst her sisters all belong to God and are helping her accomplish her Mission. Tell me, Léonie, would it not be wrong to nourish fears and desires in our hearts after all this? Yes, God has treated us as He treated His Son, who when He died cried out, “My God, why have You abandoned me?” And yet now He is seated at God’s right hand, His name is above all other names and His Church triumphs over all the earth.

Goodbye, darling little sister. Happy and holy New Year! Your little Céline

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