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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 26, 1933

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 26, 1933

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 26th November 1933

Dear little sister,

The prophet Joel has spoken and I’ve come to bid my Léonie a little farewell before Christmas as I do every year.

We’ve just had a retreat led by Rev. Fr Desbuquois S.J. He’s a saint and a genius. He has extraordinary insight; it lifts the soul and brings us closer to infinity. With him, we no longer feel the weight of exile upon us. He says that our lives represent but a handful of years that go by so quickly that we have time neither to enjoy nor to mourn them, but only to love God and make Him loved, which is the only reason He sent us to this world.

Did you know that our cousin Victor Hénault, Berthe Leriche’s husband, has just died? He didn’t practice his faith, but was very kind. He loved us and helped us in any way he could, notably with the Pavilion. I’m convinced that he has been saved. We don’t know any details yet other than that he died in a clinic, following an operation that was deemed urgent. He must have been well looked after from a religious point of view. Two of our Turn Sisters went to the funeral. Apparently the whole of Alençon was there; the mayor was one of the pallbearers. There was a carriage, a flower cart, and two speeches were given. He was dearly loved. All the staff members from his factories mourn him (or from his factory), I know only that the business is very large. He had a magnificent house built for himself, and retired there a year ago. His children and daughter-in-law succeed him. Poor Berthe is dying of grief. That’s life! As for Jeanne, she has written once without saying much.    

Dear little sister, oh, what bliss it is to belong to God and to have dedicated our lives to Him! We can never thank Him enough for this grace. I savoured reading your retreat resolutions.

I send you my love, darling little sister

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