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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 22, 1940

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 22, 1940

J. + M.

P.C.                                                                 Carmel of Lisieux Monday, 22nd January 1940

Darling little sister,

To prevent you from feeling distraught while the funeral is taking place this morning, I’ve copied out the letter that our dear Marie wrote to our Mother for her feast day. It’s a priceless treasure, as you’ll see for yourself. It really speaks the language of eternity.

Concerning what I told you about the Pater, seeing as the young nurse who was listening couldn’t hear anything and could only guess what she was saying by watching her lips, she is wondering whether it was in fact the Pater that she was reciting. She is beginning to think that perhaps it was the Self-Offering to Merciful Love. She’s going to talk to us about it again, she has said. I am more inclined to think it was the latter, too, for she ardently desired to die of Love like Thérèse!

Today she is still displayed in the choir. She hasn’t changed. She looks 50 years old. Her expression is serene and solemn. I’ve tried taking photos but they don’t do her justice at all. Our Mother can’t bear to look at them.

I love you and send you a heartfelt kiss. Your Céline.

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n. 

She is going to be buried in a vault underneath Thérèse’s reliquary. The pine coffin is covered with zinc.

Give my affectionate regards to your dearest Mother.