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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – July 9, 1919

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – July 9, 1919

+ Jesus                                                               Carmel of L.

                                                                      9th Jul. 1919

           Dear little Jeanne,

We were very touched by your letter and I assure you that we understand your isolation and your feeling that nothing on earth can satisfy you deep down in your soul. You are right to remain detached from everything, and to consider the earth as a place of exile and banishment. In just a few more years, we’ll no longer be here, because our turn to be saved will come. Then, how pleased we’ll be to have suffered! It will seem to you like your ordeal lasted no time at all, and the years during which you mourn your life’s charms will serve to greatly increase your glory, that of Francis, and your mutual affection. God knows exactly what He is doing.

   A few days ago, I watched a little warbler urging her young to fly. They had fallen out of their nest too early and couldn’t lift themselves off the ground. There they were, huddled together on the steps to the Calvary in the inner courtyard. Their mother never rested; we could see her constantly flitting around them, and I said to myself, if a little creature can take such good care of its young, imagine what God is doing for us! What concern He must have; what compassion; what love! Oh, we should never doubt Him, or complain about anything.

   Dear little Jeanne, you are aware of all this, I know, but we never want to hear you say that no one on this earth loves you, because we love you incomparably deeply. Our love for you is as old as we are; in a word, it is a family love. This love doesn’t need to be demonstrative because it doesn’t require proof, whereas much proof is required when two people are just getting to know one another.

   Yet I will leave you now, dear little sister. All three of us send you a loving kiss.

I’m waiting for someone to bring me your address before I send my letter. We’re praying for your little Solange.

Your little childhood companion,

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face, u.c.n.