Quote of the day, 5 February: Céline Martin

During the [clothing] ceremony, I received a special grace of intimate union with my Beloved; I could no longer see anything that was happening around me. The presence of the Bishop, the numerous clergy, the crowd of people who had flocked together, everything had disappeared before my eyes, I was alone with Jesus… when suddenly I was awakened from my inner silence by the chanting of Compline, which continued in vibrant and lively notes. The choir sang the psalm: Qui habitat in adjutorio Altissimi (Psalm 90/91), and I could hear the meaning of it, and every word came down into my soul as a token of a sacred promise made to me by the One to whom I was uniting my life.

Sister Geneviève of the Holy Face, O.C.D.

Céline Martin
Histoire d’une petite âme, 265
In remembrance of Céline’s reception of the Carmelite habit, 5 February 1895

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  1. Thank you very much for this glimpse of Celine’s Clothing day. I believe that the psalm “You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High” which Celine mentions could have had a unique meaning for her, as she writes, because for five and a half years she had had no home of her own. When her father was suddenly consigned to an asylum for the insane, she and Leonie boarded in Caen for a few months to be near him. When they returned, they had to go to live with their aunt and uncle; then they took a small house across from the tradesman’s entrance to the Guerin mansion, where they had some trouble keeping reliable servants. When, in 1893, Leonie made her second stay at the Visitation, Celine wrote that her “companion in misfortune” was leaving her, and she saw herself as “the last survivor of our shipwrecked family.” From then on she moved between Lisieux and La Musse, the Guerins’ country estate near Evreux, till she finally found a home again in Carmel.

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