From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - July 29, 1938

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - July 29, 1938

J. + M.

P.C.                                                                                    Carmel of Lisieux 29th July 1938

Darling little sister,

I’m not waiting for your feast day letter to arrive before writing to you because I’m taking advantage of the opportunity that has presented itself. I therefore thank you in advance for your letter. It will bring me great pleasure and I look forward to receiving it.

Darling Léonie, it was 44 years ago today that our darling father left earth. Today the memory of him is firmly anchored in my heart. In my mind’s eye, I am at La Musse, or rather, in heaven, by his side.

At the moment, the bust “Thérèse and her father”, which was made after the portrait I painted, is being inaugurated at La Musse. The statue is in place, and a flower garden is being planted around it. At the beginning of August, Mr de Bergecol will go and see it and photograph it from all sides. Then I’ll send you the photos, but you won’t receive them straight away, because we don’t have them yet!

The bust is situated opposite the little set of side steps, with its back to the forest of Evreux and the valley. The doctor that lives at La Musse is not only a devout Christian, but a saint. Unfortunately the staff at the sanatorium is secular and several members are communist.

Another thing: on 12th July Father Pierre Leriche came to say one his first Masses here. We liked him very much. He is gentle and humble. You’ll see him on the photo. He’s the tall young man at the end. (On the left is Roger Hénault, then his mother Berthe Leriche, then Pierre, then Germaine Hénault, Berthe’s eldest daughter, and then Jean Leriche, Pierre’s father, who wants to go into business.)

The picture is for you, to keep. Pierre sent it to me today. He recommends himself to your prayers and prays for the four of us every day at the Holy Altar. I think he’ll be a very good priest. His bishop, whom we have just met, praises him highly. Pierre is one of his four best priests.

And now I’m sending you four little tubs of ointment for chilblains, grazes and other aches and pains. An English nun gave them to me. There’s one for you, one for Sr Agnes Castel, one for Sr Joseph-Mary, and lastly one for your dear Mother if she would like one.

Darling little sister, what can I tell you now? I’ll say that I love you and look forward to having you by my side for all eternity in heaven, which is growing ever nearer with each year that passes.

I send my love. Your little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u. c.n.