From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1921

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1921

Jesus                                                                    Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                           27th January 1921


Darling little sister,

We are just beginning to see the dawn of the day when our little Thérèse will shine in the celestial skies of the Church and radiate her light of love. Until now, her brightness has been shy and veiled, but the clouds have disappeared and the new star is climbing the horizon. Little sister, let us praise the Lord and try not to be too unworthy of our little saint.

I wish you a happy feast day, darling Léonie. On the 29th, my Communion will be for you. That goes without saying.

In your last letter, you said that you sometimes felt annoyed and irritated. Alas! It is often my sin; more often than it should be!

During prayers the other day, I asked Thérèse to tell me how to correct this fault in me. I begged her to enlighten me. What can I do? I am caught out by the unexpected. It is not a question of “preparing my heart in advance” as she once explained to me, and yet there must be a way that I can correct this fault. I was questioning her inwardly when I heard this answer come to me: “You must develop the habit.” Suddenly, I was enlightened by grace. These words were a revelation to me and I understood that if, for example, I grew accustomed to “never complaining”, through “habit”, I would stop showing my irritation in trying circumstances. Yes, a long-term habit would rid me of this fault. It is a fault that might not displease God much, but it displeases me terribly because it makes me unpleasant to others.

Darling little sister, this is my little technique. It is little like me. Now I’m going to tell about the new painting I’m undertaking; “Thérèse with the Stars”. I’m sending you a copy of it to show you. I’ll take a smaller shot and then I’ll give you a photo of it. For this painting, I had some help from a Parisian artist. After him, I redid Thérèse’s profile and repainted Papa’s head. I completely erased the one he did; I even orientated it differently. I had some trouble, but we are pleased. I have another 4 similar paintings to do, which haven’t been retouched or photographed yet. I have a lot of work to do. I gave a copy of this photo to our Mother for her feast day so that she might have something to show visitors.  

With a fond kiss, little Léonie, from your loving little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face


On 24th February, I’m celebrating the Silver Anniversary of my Profession.