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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – September 9, 1927

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to Jeanne La Neele – September 9, 1927

 + Jesus                                                                   Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                              9th 7ber [September] 1927

                 Dear little sister,

Don’t tire yourself out trying to read my awful handwriting. Have Solange read it to you. There’s nothing secretive about it, and don’t worry if you cannot grant me what I’m going to request of you.

The little chapel in Alençon will soon be finished. We’re going to remove the Bl. Sacrament from the bedroom where Thérèse was born and put it in the chapel. We’re going to refurnish the bedroom with the authentic furniture we have: bed, table, Thérèse’s baby chair, and Mamma’s desk chair. (People will see the bedroom from a bay window in the chapel, through a railing.)

In addition, we’ve been advised to leave the 2 bedrooms that open onto the balcony unoccupied, as well as the reception room downstairs, and to refurnish them with our old furniture. So we’ve bought the dark red bedroom set that Thérèse used when she lived in Alençon from Mrs Tifenne. It’s in the room downstairs that we’re missing some old furniture. Could you, little Jeanne, sell us the furniture from the small lounge that was at the chemist’s? We’ll pay the price at which you have them valued (we absolutely insist), or otherwise we’ll pay for the furniture that you’ll be obliged to buy to replace it, because you use it in your downstairs lounge. I think that the idea will work, even if you put some of the pieces in your will, because they’ll be replaced by others of the same value. They would be labelled in Alençon, so our dear uncle and aunt’s furniture would be kept as a perpetual reminder of them. They deserve it, because they are saints too! I won’t forget their wedding anniversary on the 12th.  

   (In what year did Uncle buy this lounge furniture? If it was after our little saint joined the Carmel, take no notice of what I’ve just said.)

Darling little sister, I don’t think that my request will have offended you. If you refuse, it will put me in a difficult situation, but I won’t be upset, knowing that you do what you can to help us. I send you all my love.

   Your little Céline

       Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face, u.c.n.