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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - May 29, 1933

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - May 29, 1933

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 29th May 1933

Darling little sister,

It is with all my affection that I’ve come to wish you a happy 70th birthday. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time already; there was no risk of me letting 3rd June go by without writing to you.

Darling Léonie, now my three eldest sisters are in their seventies. I don’t think I’m following them closely enough, because I’m always afraid of losing one or other of them. I feel as though they are in a train that is closer to its destination than the one I’m in. A 6 year age gap is large when our hope of arriving increases with age!

Yet, dear little sister, I think I need to be fully surrendered to God and not envy the three of you. If someone could hear me, they’d wonder if I was talking nonsense, because people don’t usually take pleasure in growing older.

What can I tell you, little Léonie? On the 13th, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Thérèse’s vision of the Bl. Virgin’s Smile. That evening, I asked our heavenly Mother for a little sign and, opening the Gospel at random, I happened upon these words: “Believe on the evidence of my works . . .” It was as if she had said to me: “See what I’ve done and trust me.” On this day 50 years ago, she again crushed the cursed snake’s head when he tried to destroy our little sister and abort her mission. Why would she abandon us now? So I once again entrusted her with the future and death of the four of us. I want to stop worrying about our dear eldest sister with her growing infirmity and “believe on the evidence of the work” that the Bl. Virgin is doing for our family. It is certain that everything will turn out well.

Once again, happy birthday, darling sister. Your little Céline sends you all her love,

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face

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