After fifty years of eremitic life, suddenly to find myself displaced and thrown into the middle of the world, veil raised, is so savage for me, a real martyrdom. It seems to me that I am in a railway station where everyone is rushing around, intermingling. We sleep on the benches, fully dressed; we eat our meals standing up, in a hurry, in the dark; we look with an astonished and saddened eye at the ladies’ fashions, which are devoid of any dignity.
Sister Geneviève of the Holy Face, O.C.D. (Céline Martin)
Circular letter for the death of Sister Geneviève
Chapter V, Rays and Shadows on Carmel
Describing life in the crypt of the basilica from 7 June to the liberation of Lisieux, 23 August 1944
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