From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 14, 1934

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 14, 1934

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 14th October 1934

Dear little Léonie,

I want to tell you first of all how much and how often I think of you. At night, in the evenings and during the day, my thoughts are with you and I tell myself that, surely, we’ll be reunited in heaven soon.

On 30th September the preacher evoked the 37th anniversary of Thérèse’s death. At the word “37th” I was overcome with indescribable joy. I realised that I had to have fewer years to wait before seeing her, that the worst was behind me and that surely only a few years separated us now. That evening I wanted to know whether these years would go by quickly and, there in the infirmary, I wanted to find the answer in the little Gospel that I carry against my heart. I happened upon a passage which answered a completely different question, but which nevertheless represented a grace to me because, above all things, I want to do God’s will. It read as follows: “I came down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent me.”

The same must be true for us if we wish to please God, and I want exactly what He wants (certain deep down that I don’t have 37 years left!)

What about you, darling little sister, what do you think? No doubt the same as me, because Thérèse is teaching us both.

You must have heard what’s happening around the world. You hear of a Eucharistic Congress here that must delight Jesus’ Heart, and of murders there. What a cacophony! It would certainly detach us from earth if we weren’t already completely detached. It is not events like the Congress that detach us, but seeing good rub shoulders with evil, because it makes us aspire to another world where good will be completely separate from evil. Men are so wicked! Their unruly passions are like lightening bolts, wreaking havoc and disaster, while if men were willing to harness them and obey the laws of God and the Church, they would bring life and light everywhere, like electricity, which, when checked, produces amazing results.

I interrupted my letter here. I must think about saying farewell. As you know, concerning the Gombauld photo, I wrote Mr Louis Pougheol a long letter to clarify things and enlighten him. He hasn’t replied. I fear it was a waste of time. Still, we did our duty by restoring truth. You replied very well.

I send you my love, much-loved little sister, and beg you to wish Sr Marguerite-Agnes a happy feast day from me.

I will pray hard for her on the 17th. Do you remember that it was on this day that we went to Paray over 40 years ago? I’m so glad I’m living now and not then. Your little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face