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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - July 7, 1939

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - July 7, 1939

J. + M.

P.C.                                                                         Carmel of Lisieux 7th July 1939

Darling little sister,

I don’t want to write to Sr Thérèse Pougheol without enclosing a fond note for you, and yet I’m pressed for time, for the feast days are almost here! The Cardinal (1) is arriving tomorrow. My God, how I wish I was a few days older. All this is such a chore. You are so fortunate to have your solitude! I prefer the “discipline” [whip] to celebrations: that’s saying something! Still, this is a burden like any other and must certainly be meritorious.

Our dear eldest sister is still not rid of her lung congestion. She goes to Mass in the mornings, but doesn’t go out otherwise, which represents a great sacrifice for her, for she loves the garden and fresh air. However, her window must almost always be closed due to her frail condition, which doesn’t help her mood. I spend recreations with her. She is still serene, but receives no comfort, far from it. It’s very trying in many respects, but her desire to save souls is such that it is giving her the strength to bear her pitiful existence.

Much-loved little Léonie, I send you all my love. You have a fond kiss from your three little sisters.

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n. 

When you have the chance, would you tell me Sr Thérèse Pougheol’s religious name and her age? Best wishes to your Mother, whom we love dearly. Mrs Lecourt will bring you the book about the Congress on Tuesday.

(1) a Carmelite friar from Venice