From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 20, 1933

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 20, 1933

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 20th January 1933

Dear little Sister,

We’ve just been asked to submit our messages for the Visitation, which means we are writing earlier than we would have liked for your feast day. You see, our Léonie’s feast day is also a feast day for us and every year it’s with joy that we write to our darling sister and send her our best wishes and heartfelt kisses, which are even more numerous than usual.

Happy feast day, dear little sister, happy feast day! I’ll take Communion for you on the 29th and will ask Jesus to take possession of your heart more and more, and to give you more strength to love His will without understanding it. Nothing else matters and that’s what my little Catechism reminds people. On that note, you’ll be pleased to know that we have received lots of praise for it, especially on account of its timing. Yet as you know, I had a great deal of help and my draft was reworked. I wouldn’t want you to think that I was capable of doing such a thing on my own. I start the ball rolling and others keep it on course.

We are very busy at the moment preparing for our Mother’s feast day. I’m giving her an album for the Pope, in which I’ve collected photos from the “Gloria” room. It is very plain but it gave me a lot of trouble and someone else has written the captions for me. Yet it is incomplete because there are other objects to put in the Gloria room. For instance, there are the tights and gold slippers that the Pope wears on grand occasions and which he wore at the Canonisation. Pius X and Benedict XV wore them. I have them and will display them in a casket, because the glass display case wasn’t able to be made. The problem is finding the right place to display it. It’s beautiful, I assure you, all covered in fine gold embroidery on gold-threaded mohair. We’ll put them underneath the Falda.

Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart will offer her some little reliquaries that she has made and a frame for the bedroom-come-oratory at Les Buissonnets. It will go around a watercolour that Sr M. of the Holy Spirit painted of the Vision of the Bl. Virgin. All three of us are shown by little Thérèse’s bedside: Marie, Léonie and me. We realised that 13th May 1883 happened to be the day of Pentecost. Do you remember anything about this?

We’ll put this painting in the alcove near the altar.

And now, all I have time to do is wish you a happy feast day again with all my loving heart.

Your little Céline who loves you more than she can say,

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face and St Teresa


Were you pleased with the shots from “The Little Way”?