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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 21, 1939

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 21, 1939

J. + M.

P.C.                                                                            Carmel of Lisieux 21st January 1939

Darling Léonie,

Your Céline has come to wish you a happy feast day! It’s so sweet to love someone! May all my wishes for you come true through the intercession of Thérèse, whose desires are undoubtedly the same as mine.

Yes, we need strong faith and a good dose of self-surrender to accept, without understanding, God’s delays in calling us to Him. My 70th birthday is just around the corner. All four of us will be in our seventies! Like you, I’m beginning to think I wasn’t made to die and that I’ll live until the world ends. I often inspect my tent. I look at the ropes and pegs, and nothing shows signs of giving way, so I can’t rejoice as St Paul did when he inspected his.

And yet, darling little sister, God has been so good to us by calling us into His service and ensuring that all four of us persevere in it. We have a postulant who is perfect in many ways, but her health is not strong enough for religious life in a convent. Today’s generation needs freedom and movement, which is why worldly professions are more attractive than a restrictive contemplative life. Yet it’s hard for us and it clouded our feast day today.

You might be surprised to see, in the February Annals, a bust of Papa and Thérèse having been erected at La Musse. Someone covered the costs for us. Our parents’ grave there is covered with votive offerings and flowers. We don’t know who looks after it, but it’s always neat and tidy. Many people pray to them, but we are strangers to the movement.

Once again, happy feast day, darling little sister! Your little Céline

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