From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 14, 1933

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 14, 1933

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 14th February 1933

Dear little sister, les 40 heures

Sr Marie of the Sacred has told you that I will bid you my Lenten farewell on our 40 hour-long Sunday1 when I was supposed to come out of retreat, since Sr M. of the S.H. and I were going to leave this evening. Yet Rev. Fr M. Bernard is coming tomorrow or the following day so I’m delaying my retreat. It therefore won’t end before Lent begins, so I won’t be able to write except for serious matters.

That is why I’m writing this evening, and I have some trying news. I say trying because the way in which it reached us hurt us deeply. Solange is going to marry. She is engaged to one Mr Foussard from Nogent-le-Rotrou, who runs the hardware shop in partnership with his father, selling coal and wholesale iron. Jeanne will leave Lisieux to be near Solange. All this was arranged without our knowledge. Solange’s confessor knew nothing either (Father Travert). We heard about it yesterday through Marie Clément and others who had been speaking to the Turn Sisters. It’s true that we are not close to Solange, but we are to Jeanne, and she should have at least recommended her adopted daughter to our prayers in such a serious matter. We thought that the girl was destined for a religious life, but for a while now she has been less pious. It’s understandable considering the little support she receives from Jeanne, whose heart is very much turned towards worldly things. She has always tempted her in this sense, instead of helping the seed that Jesus sowed in the young girl’s heart to grow. And now here’s another piece of news, this time concerning me: On top of all the duties I already had, I’m going to add that of assistant to the Provisor, to help our dear eldest sister. If God is asking this of me, it means He’ll give me the strength I need. And in the words of our dear Mamma, “Why seek rest when we were born to work?” Pray for me, darling little sister. Your Céline.

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n

1 40 hour fast.