When Uncle Isidore Guérin died on this date in 1909, Céline was crushed in spirit, anguished that she could not be at her family’s side. She wrote to her cousin Jeanne, “if only you knew… how cruel the Rule seems at moments such as these...” But then she paused to reflect: “nothing of what we do for God is cruel” but sometimes it’s very painful, she added.
Léonie Martin died early in the morning on 17 June 1941. We share the last two letters exchanged between Léonie and her sisters Pauline and Céline.
In 1921 Pauline and Marie Martin - Sister Agnès of Jesus and Sr. Marie of the Sacred Heart - had the happy fortune to visit their childhood home in Lisieux, a rare privilege, although Pauline doesn't give the reasons for the honor. But she describes the visit in detail...
In a letter written for Céline's 22nd birthday, St. Thérèse explains why God didn't create her sister to be an angel in heaven: "it is because He wants you to be an angel on earth... He wants angel-apostles, and He has created an unknown little flower, who is named Céline, with this intention in mind...."
Tell me, Céline, is it for the peach that God has created this pretty pink color, so velvety and so pleasing to see and to touch?
She decided that on her imminent trip to Rome, she would ask His Holiness Pope Leo XIII for the authorisation she sought
I asked Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus to write down what I called “her little way of trust and love”
It seems to me that humility is truth.
I received a special grace of intimate union with my Beloved
I asked Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus to write down what I called “her little way of trust and love,”