From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - March 27, 1937

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - March 27, 1937

J. + M                                                                       Carmel of Lisieux 27th March 1937

Dear little Léonie,

I haven’t taken a large sheet of paper to wish you a happy Easter. I don’t even know whether I’m going to be able to reach the end of this one. Believe it or not, I have rheumatism in my right arm and holding a pen is very difficult for me. I have to rest every few lines and I’m writing with my arm straight, which means that the paper is very far away!

Yet let’s not talk about these little problems when our dear eldest sister is still so sick. The mortal danger is past, certainly, but she is having trouble recovering from the poisoning, because it gave her a sore throat, uraemia, etc. She still has very swollen legs and no appetite. However, she is eating little bite by little bite and the doctor isn’t worried. He says that after having taken the fast train to heaven, she isn’t even in a slow one now! So, dear little sister, don’t worry. God will no doubt leave her here with us for a while longer despite her pitifully frail state.

As for you, Léonie, you had the flu without leaving for heaven, too. It just goes to show, little Thérèse would prefer her little sisters to be on earth than in heaven. Perhaps we’re more useful to her here. God needs friends here below so that He can look upon the world with love. Without them, He wouldn’t be able to bear it what with the waves of hatred and pride that rage here. This thought helps be to bear exile.

I send all my love to my much-cherished little sister.

Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u. c. n.