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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - March 23, 1940

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - March 23, 1940

J. + M.

P.C.                                                                            Carmel of Lisieux 23rd March 1940

Dear little Léonie,

The Alleluia has been sung, and the first thing I’m doing is writing to you because it’s to you that my heart is turned. Oh, I long for the Homeland even more than before, if that’s possible, now that dear Marie has gone. I never stop thinking about her. When we can hum a tune, our Mother and I sing:

....J'irai voir ma Mère chérie                          I’ll go and see my dear Mother

Thérèse et ma douce Marie,                        Thérèse and my sweet Marie

J'irai, après l'exil de cette vie,                          Once this life in exile is over

Retrouver le toit paternel                                I’ll be reunited with my family

Au Ciel !                                                                               In heaven!

Our Mother is always saying to me that it won’t be long before our turn comes, that our wait is almost over, and that to her, life feels like an unwinding roll and that it’s almost finished unwinding in our case.

Dear Léonie, take heart. Soon we too shall reach the port. Losing dear Marie has left me deeply pained, bereft of comfort, for I was so used to seeing her, particularly on days when we had licence to speak. And the thought that she is happy is no comfort, or very little, and only when I reason with myself. Yet it is no doubt better this way, because I won’t waste the merit that comes of losing her and will be able to save souls for Jesus. I would be the only one to benefit if I was comforted.

And what about you, darling little sister, how are you? We long for news of your dear Mother. Has she managed to recover without an operation? We dread operations here, and our dear little Sister Marie of the Incarnation has had a relapse, which worries us. If only you knew how much we’re thinking about you and your Mother. Write to us quickly. Also, tell us whether you’re pleased with the obituary circular. We all think it’s a masterpiece and an excellent portrayal of our dear eldest sister’s character. It reveals a soul that was intimately united to Jesus. Several sisters were surprised by it, because she didn’t show how very pious she was on the outside.

We might publish the circular in a little booklet (1). It will be followed by extracts from her letters. You would do well to have the ones you have copied and sent to us. Her letters were so lovely and so deep. Goodbye, darling sister

Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face 

  1. written by Agnes of Jesus:

His Lordship doesn’t know that this is the wish of several of our Sisters. If it happens, it won’t be straight away!!!