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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 17, 1941

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 17, 1941

J. + M.

P.C.                                                           Carmel of Lisieux 17th February 1941

Darling Léonie

It’s once again time for our Lenten farewell. How many more will there be like this? I’m finding exile very long. It feels like it will never end. In the meantime, there’s still plenty of work to be done. Now each issue of the Annals is going to feature a few of our holy Mamma’s letters. His Lordship is very pleased about this as he has been after us about it for a long time. He admires and esteems Mamma highly. Seeing how many letters we have, there will easily be enough for 3 years, apparently. There’s a good chance that Léonie will be in heaven by the time it’s over! I hope I’ll be there too! As a picture of Mamma, we’ll use a nice enlargement that I made, the one of her holding the 1st baby Joseph. I retouched it a bit so that she would look less sad, and we’ll use her portrait without the little baby. It’s a real photo, one that I rephotographed and enlarged. It’s not a drawing. I hope you’ll be pleased and that you’ll think it looks good.  

I received news from Father Leriche; he sends you his best wishes. His brother Jean, who is in Auxerre, is going to be married after Easter. He announced this to us, asking us to let you know. He seems very intelligent. He’s a tradesman, but I don’t know much else. The young lady he is marrying, according to him, is perfect. I’m going to ask Pierre for more information and let you know.

We’re also very busy going through Marie’s letters. There are some singularly beautiful pearls among them. I’m using the typewriter. I like the work and it doesn’t tire my eyes. When I write by hand, the lines blur together and if I manage to write straight it’s only through habit.

Darling Léonie, I’d like to share a little Godly thought with you. I think that what’s important is conforming to His will and surrendering ourselves to Him completely like little new-born babies. You see, when babies grow, they gain knowledge and it’s better not to have any. I love you with all my heart, Léonie, and I send you a kiss. Your Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.d.c. [unworthy Discalced Carmelite] 

Give my love to your dear Mother, telling her that I’m very fond of her, too. We’re looking for some cotton threads like the samples enclosed. Do you think they’d have some in Caen, in a large shop or haberdashery? You can’t find anything at all here anymore. If it’s too much trouble for you to look, take no notice of this request. Simply send back the samples when you have an opportunity. Of course, we’d pay for everything, and we’d be very happy if we found some. It’s not urgent.