From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – December 22, 1917

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – December 22, 1917

+ Jesus                                                                                     Carmel

                                                                                       22nd Xber 17

                           Dear little Jeanne,

   Our Mother hasn’t had any health incidents since the one the other day, and I hope that nothing will come of it. She must have had a little congestion in her fragile lung during prayers, because it’s very cold in the choir.

   We’ve put her on a meat diet until her feast day. It is imperative we build up her strength.

   Your little letter did me good, because on top of the heartache, I’m terrified at the prospect of our Mother leaving us at a moment when the Community needs her so sorely. If it wasn’t for the heartache, I assure you that I would soon recover thanks to my faith. We’ve grown very accustomed to living with our hearts and minds in heaven, because almost all our family members are there now. It is rather a relief when the knell tolls and we know that they have arrived.

  Thank you, dear little sister, for the bottle of champagne, but don’t give us any more, I beg of you. Our Mother doesn’t want to touch it. She doesn’t think she’s sick enough.

   We’re definitely hoping to see you after Christmas. Tell us what day you’re hoping to come so that we don’t keep you waiting, because we Sisters will have permission to talk amongst ourselves. I’d like the weather to be less cold so that our Mother can come to see you, too.

   I send you all my love, darling little sister

                          Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face