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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 26, 1940

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 26, 1940

J. + M.

P.C.                                                                         Carmel of Lisieux 26th January 1940

Darling Léonie,

I hope you received all our letters, including the note we sent the other day after the funeral. With it, I enclosed a photo of the body going into the vault. We don’t want to forget anything to ensure that our darling sister Léonie knows all the details and is comforted as much as possible in this ordeal.

I think of Marie day and night. I can’t come to terms with how quickly she died. I still haven’t grown used to not seeing her. On Sunday evening I went and asked her whether she had finished her letter for our Mother’s feast day. She replied that as she had had visitors all day long, she hadn’t been able to, and would complete it the following day. And she did; she finished it on Monday morning. She had only three days left to live.

I can’t remember whether I told you that on Friday morning, after the Angelus tolled, I caught the scent of incense as I left the choir; it was a very sweet scent. It so happens that yesterday evening, I had just gone to bed and switched off the light when I noticed it again. You see, several days ago, I took the two blankets that Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart had on her bed when she left this earth, and I have lovingly been using them. Yesterday evening, Thursday, exactly a week after her last day here below, her covers suddenly began emanating the scent of incense. It came and went in waves for about ten minutes. Then the following passage from the Scriptures came to mind: “The death of God’s faithful servants is precious in His eyes.” And He doesn’t know how to prove this to us, yet it’s very true!

Darling Léonie, I was writing to wish you a happy feast day and I’ve spoken about other things entirely. Forgive me for my “distractedness”. You see we are completely swamped with letters that we have to read and answer. The work brings me comfort, but it is hard and very tiring. I can tell that I’m expressing myself very badly. Understand what I mean, and understand it well!

Dear Léonie, this year, it is through the intercession of the heart of our dear Marie that I wish you a happy feast day. Now that she is by your side, may she bring you her wishes on my behalf and grant you all the graces that she would like you to have.

My Communion on Monday will be for my darling little sister.

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n. 

Give my affectionate regards to your Mother

P.S written by Mother Agnes of Jesus

Mine too!

                         P. Mother