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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 24, 1934

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 24, 1934

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 24th January 1934

Dear little sister,

I’m writing to wish you a happy feast day, oh, and do so with so much affection! Look how kind Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart is: the little picture enclosed was hers, and she gave it to me so that I could have the pleasure of offering it to you. So you’ll keep it in memory of her, and also of me.

When you look at it, you’ll remember that you’re the little bird and that the bunch of wildflowers represents your little sacrifices. Our little Thérèse would have liked this little “play-game”, as she charmingly used to say.

Speaking of birds, in the choir on the evening of our Mother’s feast day, we had a little robin attend our Matins. He spent the night near the Bl. Sacrament and as soon as the door was opened in the morning, he flew out into the courtyard. This little robin is very tame. The other day he was fluttering around the kitchen and even went into the cupboard and perched on top of the washing up. Unfortunately he leaves his mark wherever he goes.

Our Mother’s feast day was very lovely and touching, as it always is, for that matter. The other side of the coin is that we have to reply to the heaps of letters and telegrams that arrive from all over the world. You see, lots of people want to wish a happy feast day to Thérèse’s second Mother. It’s a burden, no doubt, but brings us pleasure none the less.

I’ve offered half of Thérèse’s baptism robe (the back of the skirt only), displayed in a pretty case, to the Baptistery in Alençon. It will be her gift to his Lordship, the Bishop of Séez, for the Jubilee of her baptism on 8th May. We’re already preparing for it; it’s not too early. Yesterday, Mother Sub-Prioress spent an hour and a half talking to me about it. Spare a little prayer for us, for its success and for our beloved Mother to be as happy as she can be, because she’s very apprehensive about the ceremony outside the monastery.

I send you my love, beloved little Léonie, and I cherish you deeply.

Your little sister Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face

u. c. n.

My main gift to you will be my Communion on the 29th, of course.