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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 27, 1939

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 27, 1939

J. + M.

P.C.                                                                         Carmel of Lisieux 27th August 1939

Beloved little sister,

I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to thank you for your little letter on the 6th, and for your wishes and the prayers that you said for me. Alas, I wasn’t expecting the circumstances to be so sad! There are yet more rumours of war. I really didn’t think I’d see another one here below. Yet we are in God’s arms, like a tiny child in his father’s arms. We have nothing to fear there!

Darling Léonie, first of all I want to thank you, and thank your matchless Mother, for all the treats, lettuces and cherries you sent. Your little cherries are so delicious. However do you manage to conserve them so well and keep them for so long?

As for your flowers, the Visitation is a paradise on earth! What we liked most of all were the magnificent blue cornflowers. We’d be so pleased if you could obtain some seeds for us! I wonder where you find them. We’ve been looking for some for ages.

I hope that, one day or another, you’ll be kind enough to answer my questions about the cherries and cornflowers. Tell me at the same time whether the feather from Thérèse’s dark red hat, which she wore the day following her 1st Communion, was white or dark red? I have it here. It’s dark red, but did we have it dyed? I’ve always thought that it was dark red to begin with, to match the straw of her hat.

I have one more errand for you, and that is to thank your Mother for her greeting card. It touched me deeply. Give her a kiss from me! I didn’t forget to pray for her on her feast day. I hope her fragile health improves. Here, our eldest sister still isn’t rid of her lung congestion. She has a cough. We apply poultices but she doesn’t want to stay shut inside anymore and goes outside as she used to. She comes to the recreations in the cloisters. This shows you that we’re not worried, although we don’t look upon her growing frailty with a favourable eye. I say “with a favourable eye”, but it is with an earthly eye, because from the heavenly perspective, we are surrendered to God, although we’re anxious at times.

We are still busy with visitors. A few days ago, we saw Madeleine, who has just married Mélanie Gilbert’s son. She is worldly, but very intelligent, and has a lot of good sense. I tried to edify her a bit, because she isn’t very pious. Did I tell you that Dom Mayeul has died? Requiescat in pace! Now he can see the truth, which he was in need of doing.

Darling little sister, I will finish by reminding you how much we love you and how much we’re looking forward to being with you in heaven

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.