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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 24, 1940

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 24, 1940

J. + M.

P.C.                                                                        Carmel of Lisieux 24th December 1940

Darling little sister,

Once more our "trio" is reunited to wish one another a Happy Christmas and New Year. Take heart, we don’t have many more years left. Our life is a very long chain of them; they are blessed links that have tied us closer and closer to Jesus through love and sacrifice.

Last year, Marie was with us and now “she is reunited with the family, in Heaven.” The three of us are “enfants de la même chaumière. Nous n'avons pour abri que l’églantier.” [Quotation from a song by de Latour: “Children from the same cottage, we have nought for shelter but the wild rose in bloom.”]Thorns are rife, it’s true, but there are always flowers for souls that are close to heaven like ours.

Léonie, if only you knew how happy we were to see the portrait of your dear Mother! I was the one who had the idea to ask for it and I don’t regret it. I feel that now we know each other better, and since familiarity breeds love, you could say that we love each other even more.

And she’s so pretty! What a beautiful and lovely face she has! I enjoy gazing at her and I understand how much you must love her. Also, you are very privileged to share the same room. It represents a little gift from Thérèse. Of course, your Mother would not have done the same as your Sisters in Le Mans. I can’t forgive them for having given away our holy Aunt’s “Directory”. They should have kept the book in their archives, or given it to us or to you if they didn’t want anyone to see their Directory. But to let it fall into the hands of just anyone; this surprised and hurt us. It’s a wonder that it’s still there.

Our Mother’s feast day is almost upon us. Time is increasingly precious, and yet the beginning of next year and the end of this one are all but wasted. From New Year’s Day to 3rd January, I receive a quite a few letters and they leave me long-faced. Alas, this year, I won’t have an epistle from Anne-Marie Glaizot. She died in September (she had just turned 72) following a gallbladder operation. She was always very loyal to me and I loved her dearly. It’s sad to see our friends disappear while we, increasingly alone, continue our journey on earth. We have just received a letter announcing the death of Mrs Coulombe. She often wrote to Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart. She was 82 or 3. – Mr Paul Romet died this year as well. He was in contact with us and showed us great devotion. We have very few old friends left. Our relatives in Alençon are very kind to us and have sent us news, although alas, it’s not good. One of the daughter’s husbands is a prisoner in Germany, and the other daughter’s husband (a Major) hasn’t been in touch since May, which it worrying. I’ve no news of “our little priest” Pierre Leriche. That’s how he signs his letters; “your little priest”.  

Happy and Holy New Year to you, Léonie, and to your dear Mother. I send both of you all my love.

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n. 

Our Mother is sending you a little parcel of pious pictures.