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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1935

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1935

+ Jesus                                                                     Carmel of Lisieux 27th January 1935

Beloved little Sister,

I’m writing to wish you a happy feast day, and do so with great joy and affection. I wish I had a little flower to offer you, but it is currently snowing and it’s impossible to go out into the garden and pick even the smallest violet or little periwinkle.

My sole gift to you will therefore be my Communion on the 29th. But as you know, I pray for you every day and think of you during thanksgiving. Also, I have a pious picture from Alençon. The Third Carmelite Order sent it to our Mother for the 21st. There are two copies. It’s very nice and shows little Thérèse at the age of three bringing you a bouquet and saying, “Happy Feast Day!” It’s not just a symbol, it’s reality. She is coming down from heaven to wish her Léonie a happy feast day and in so doing joins her other little sisters on earth.

Also, on Thursday, we’re going to send you, via our holy Chaplain, two photos of the model for the Basilica’s central monument. It’s only a draft, and will no doubt be changed before being made, as all drafts are. Fr Marie-Bernard made the statuette and will carve the statue from this model. Our saint is carrying an open book engraved with the words, “Nova et Vetera” (“New Message”) and with her right hand she is pointing the way, beckoning us to follow her. The statue will be 5 m. tall. People will see it upon entering; it’s the central piece. In the middle of the monument will be the reliquary. The two angels forming a crown are over 2 m. tall, which shows you the size of the ensemble. It will be very grandiose. For the time being it is not in our interest to reveal this project to anyone, because it is being set up at our request, for our Mother’s feast day. Otherwise people would see it in magazines and newspapers, and the model of the statue would only inspire some artist or other looking for ideas. You therefore mustn’t show it to anyone and it would be wiser if the Chaplain brought back the photos.

Do you know what I gave our Mother for her feast day? Well, I added the Bl. Virgin to my little painting of the Bambino. She is in the background, placing the child Jesus in Thérèse’s arms with her left hand and holding our saint with the other. It’s much better than before and I hope that the little painting will be published, because it will put a stop to people mistaking Thérèse for the Bl. Virgin. I had to enlarge the mahogany panel on which I first painted it.

Now we can settle into the calm of ordinary life, which I’m pleased about. Yet it might not be what pleases Jesus, and I want to be prepared for any possible disturbance.

Goodbye, darling little sister. I send you all my love and wish you a happy feast day!

Your loving little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.