From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – June 12, 1912

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – June 12, 1912

+ Jesus                                                                                     12th June 1912

                             Dear little Jeanne,

   We were very pleased to have news from you, because when we don’t know where you are, it seems very sad to us; it seems like all is lost. If the little villa where you live is on some postcard or other, send one to us so that we can imagine the places where those dearest to us live. I assure you that I’m going to pray hard, or rather, I’m going to continue praying hard that Francis recovers his health there. I hope with all my heart that this will be the case, because the rest and treatment can’t help but be good for him. As for you, darling little Jeanne, it will do you a great deal of good, too, to take a holiday. I myself desire only the holidays in heaven, and they are long in coming. What is more, we’re still snowed under with work here, and yesterday, like the prophet Elijah under his juniper tree, I sat down and wept because I couldn’t manage to do all that I had been asked to do. See how little strength I have!

   Speaking of work, when I was looking for something, in a drawer I found two little white velvet cases that Thérèse had painted. The velvet was from the dress that she had worn for her Reception of the Habit. The cases were well wrapped up in the same piece of paper in which you gave them to me, and nobody has touched them. One of them has a slight burn mark on the top. When I authenticate them, I’ll try to hide it and I’ll send them to you when you come back. I don’t think I have any other little belongings of yours, except the excess of hair, which gives you the right to ask us for as many sachets of hair as you wish. We refuse to give any to anyone, but you have a right to them. When Thérèse is beatified, you’ll be very pleased to have this right. O my darling little sister, if only you knew how happy I am to give something to you! If ever you desire anything at all, don’t hesitate to let us know.

I can’t tell you how much I love you. I’ll remember the last time you came to the visiting room all my life. You looked good enough to eat with your little bag containing I don’t know what papers to take to Mr Houdayer’s house . . . [followed by several crossed-out lines]

With love to you, my beloved little sister, and to Francis

                   Your little Céline

                 Sr Geneviève of St Teresa