From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Isidore Guerin – December 30, 1904

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Isidore Guerin – December 30, 1904

                             J.M.J.T.                                               30th Xber 04

+ Jesus

                       Darling Uncle,

                                who is much more Father than Uncle,

   Now there’s a difficult turn of phrase! And yet I confirm that it is a very, very tender one. Yes, darling Uncle, I love you more than I can say. In heaven, you’ll see what a special place you have in my heart. There, in the paradise to which we’re all headed, I’m dreaming of a little isolated corner where my whole family will be reunited. Whilst I love all the Saints and Angels very much, what quickens my heart is the prospect of seeing the sweet family nest rebuilt. Oh, yes! How I’m looking forward to heaven!

   But in the meantime, my joy lies in looking after my dear relatives. I wouldn’t like to see them struggle with life’s trials and illnesses. And if the bath of my love, in which they are constantly immersed, could make them invulnerable, then God would be forced to carry them to heaven in a chariot of fire, without having them suffer death.

   Darling Uncle, to hear me, you wouldn’t think I had a “ministerial” schedule with no time to do anything (let alone go to the visiting room or write) especially if I told you that I go to see your benjamin1 every day. I spoil her more than Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart; she paid me the compliment this morning. But the little minx can’t bear it if I’m even a minute late for my visit, and sends someone looking for me when I’m not there on the dot.  

   Dear Uncle, there’s no hurry for you to come and hug the “minister” either, because she send you hundreds and thousands of kisses, and her best wishes to you and to Jeanne and Francis.

   Your little girl who loves you and who has been unanimously nicknamed “Blazing Fire”

   Geneviève of St Teresa



1 Sr Marie of the Eucharist; Mr Guérin’s daughter.