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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – August 19, 1917

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – August 19, 1917

+ Jesus                                                                           Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                                        19th August 1917

                       Dear little Jeanne,

I’m writing on behalf of all of us to wish you a happy feast day. I claimed this pleasure for myself, because I need to tell you how happy I was to see you again, give you a hug, and talk to you.

If the tangible grates, which are merely a symbol, broke down between us for a moment, then they also lowered others for good, and they too were black and spiky. O my little Jeanne! We love you so! And we’ll be so very happy to live with you, Francis, and our dear deceased relatives for eternity. Our family ties will be perfect, as they are now, because what we have begun here below is continued in heaven, and made divine and eternal.  

   I’m also happy to have seen you so strong and energetic, because these qualities are very useful in this life of exile and of daily struggles. It is pointless letting ourselves be struck down because this merely increases the weight of our troubles. Life here below is a passing state; I was going to say an unreal state, because only God exists, along with all the wonderful things to which He gave immortality. As for our sorrows, they come under the category of inexistent mishaps because they will perish along with our earthly life. That is why Holy Scripture says, and rightly so, “I will not fear, though the earth give way.” Soon, effectively, we will be in our true homeland, where real life exists and for which life now is only a preparation.

   Goodbye, darling little sister. On the 21st we will take Communion for you. May God fill you with His joy and grace!

   I don’t have anything for your feast day, other than these 3 photos that haven’t yet been published. I send you all my love.

           Your little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face, u.c.n.