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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 26, 1909

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 26, 1909

+ Jesus                    26th November 1909

Darling little sister,

I’ve waited until the elections are over before saying farewell before Advent. They have just ended. As you expected, our beloved little Mother Agnes is prioress, and Sr Isabelle of the Sacred Heart, a capable young nun whose father and whole family were firmly opposed to her joining, is sub-prioress (she is 28 years old). Until now, she has all but officially been novice mistress. She is going to have the position definitively and at the same time be a significant help to our poor, exhausted Little Mother. She has been secretary for the past year and has already relieved poor Little Mother of a large part of her workload. But I should say “Our Mother” now! This won’t be the last time I make that mistake!

When she was giving us her first blessing earlier, she cried like a little lamb. Ah, she was undoubtedly thinking of her predecessor, who was so perfect and yet died before finishing her term. It’s true that elections under circumstances such as these are very sad. I, too, had tears in my eyes. Sr Madeleine of Jesus is bursar and Sr Thérèse of St Augustine is 4th councillor. Poor Sr Marie of the Angels, our former sub-prioress, is nothing at all now. The poor Sister had already been poorly for a while before falling more gravely ill immediately after our Mother died. It’s very serious; she has a spinal cord disorder. Dr de Cornière says she doesn’t have much time left. She has been losing morale rapidly for a long while now and I assure you that the last 6 months of our Mother’s illness, when the poor Sister found herself in charge of the Community, were marked by many trials and tribulations. However she’s very kind, too kind in fact, and it’s precisely her good-nature that made her go overboard, cause suffering, and sometimes infringe the Rule. Still, I like to believe that this is the beginning of a new dawn and that after this ordeal, we’ll have consolations. However, I haven’t yet seen any. Sr Marie of the Angels was 1st dressmaker, and with her gone, here I am in charge of this duty, and it’s the most hectic in the community. I assure you it’s a great burden for me. No, that’s not true; I want exactly what Jesus wants and I don’t want to complain when He asks something of me  

That’s the refectory bell ringing. I send you a heartfelt kiss.

Best wishes to your dear Mother

Your Céline

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa

u.c.n. 

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