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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - May 15, 1936

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - May 15, 1936

J. + M.

P.C.                                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 15th May 1936

Dear little sister,

I’m taking advantage of this letter to tell you that I’ll be thinking of you on 3rd June. I’ll take Communion for you, darling Léonie. I’ve never forgotten your birthday yet, for it is so dear to my heart.

I myself have just turned 67 years old. You remembered me, too, as always. I’m fine, and look well, but have sore kidneys. They are my weakness. And every night my rheumatism plays up. It is then that I think of poor Mr Tostain and pray for him fervently, saying, “O Lord, in Your goodness, save him!" But deep down, I know that he is guilty of sinning against the Holy Spirit, something that is forgiven neither in this world nor the next. Hélène H. wrote to us recently saying that she was terrified on account of “his pride”, and Jeanne wrote (don’t tell anyone this) that he had once said to his wife, “You know, Marguerite, there’s nothing, absolutely nothing after this life. Everything’s over.” And yet God looked after him so well by bringing him into a Christian family and giving him an Angel for a wife. Oh, he has a lot to answer for. Thérèse offered up her trial of faith for his redemption, it’s true, but Our Lord died beside the impenitent thief and he . . . . O Léonie, hell is so terrible that it doesn’t bear contemplating! Still, as long as there’s life, there’s hope, so let’s keep praying. Yet I fear for him.

On the 13th, the 56th anniversary of my 1st Communion, and the commemoration of Thérèse’s vision of the Bl. Virgin’s smile, I spent the day on retreat, making up for the day I missed on the 24th February when we celebrated the 40th anniversary of my Profession. I spent the day in the garden, and I praised God for His creation. Nature is so beautiful in spring! I found the following quotation in a letter that little Thérèse wrote to me. It is from the Imitation of Christ: “If you wish to learn and appreciate something worthwhile, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing.” This reflection did me good. Nothing else matters, and it strengthens my poor little soul no end! I’ll leave you with this spiritual bouquet, dear little sister, and I send you all my love.

Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.