From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – August 17, 1913

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – August 17, 1913

   Jesus +                                                                   17th August 1913

                           Darling little Jeanne,

   Your little letter brought me more pleasure than any gift because it told me that you love me and that we are nothing less than real little sisters.

I wasn’t at all surprised that you forgot my feast day on 6th August. It is hidden like the Face of Jesus. You know that He said, “My face was as though hidden.” These words often spring to mind when I need cheering and they help me to bear life’s struggles. I remember that my beloved “was not recognised” and that He suffered during His time here below.

Darling little sister, I’m pleased that you went and saw Léonie. We have been worried about her for a while. A priest from Caen told us that “she was despondent.” These words remind me of those bitter days when poor Léonie would join convents and then leave them again. I’ll admit to you that I’m praying God to call her to heaven, because life frightens me. We are all so weak and so fickle that we’re capable of anything. Yes, I thirst more and more after eternal life, there where everything is permanent and real. It is not having a Saint for a sister that will keep us from harm. Venerable Lammenais never managed to save his brother. There is only one shield that is worth anything, and that’s humility. And I assure you that it’s practically the only grace I desire for myself and for those I love.

   Concerning Mr de R.’s servants, it would be unfortunate to lose them if they were openly seeking a position. Would you like us to talk to Mrs Morel about it?

     I send my love to you, darling little Jeanne, and to Francis. Your last letters expressed particular concern and brotherly affection. That’s how families should be. Thank you my darlings.

Your Céline

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa