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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 26, 1937

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 26, 1937

J. + M.

          P.C.                                                            Carmel of Lisieux 26th December 1937

Dearest little sister,

I’m writing to wish you a happy Christmas and a holy and excellent New Year, if a New Year in exile can indeed be “excellent” for the traveller aspiring for it to end!

Dear little sister, what’s your news? Are you well? Are you not too tired after Christmas night? I was completely exhausted last night, because I’m not a night owl and I would never have joined an Order where you get up at night for the Office. We have to assume that not everyone has the same temperament. Yet it’s very meritorious.

Has our Mother told you that 1938 will mark the hundredth anniversary of the founding or our Carmel and the 50th anniversary of Thérèse’s entrance, since she joined in 1888? There will be more celebrations, which will take place on 30th September. There will be a Triduum. Several Cardinals have been invited; two from our Order and Cardinal Dougherty. However, we’re only expecting one to come from our Order, because Our Mother didn’t formally invite Cardinal Dougherty. She simply asked him whether he would be in Europe at that time. So we’ll have more tiring work next year. Every year there’s something to keep us busy. Yet rest is what we like most, which is why it constitutes one of the joys of heaven, because even if we continue working in heaven, we’ll do so without the fatigue and worry.

Darling little Léonie, since you haven’t seen the shots from the Congress, we would like nothing better than to lend them to you. However, they aren’t in the form of slides, they are on a roll of film and must be put in a specific camera, one that is called a “stop-motion camera”. Do you have one? We were given one. They are expensive, but as it’s very practical, we use it on feast days. For example, we’ll use it on the evening of the feast of the Holy Innocents. We therefore can’t lend it to you for long. And who could take it to you and bring it back? You might find someone in Caen who has one of these little cameras, as it’s very popular now (people don’t have lanterns anymore) and could lend it to you. Then we’d need only to send you the films, which would be much simpler, and you could keep them for as long as you needed them. You might find a priest who has one, especially in an institution. There are several brands. We have the one called “Stop-Kid” by La Bonne Presse, which doesn’t damage films.

Darling little sister, our desire to please you is so strong that we’re really trying to find a way round this! I send you all my love. Your little sister

Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.

Please offer my respectful wishes to your dear Mothers. I’m enclosing 3 little calendars from Le Louvre for you, Sr Marguerite-Agnes and little Sister Lecourt (I can’t remember her first name).