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The Letters of Saint Thérèse, Pt. 2

Thérèse has much to teach our age of the image, the appearance, the “self.” We have become a dangerously self-conscious people, painfully aware of the need to be fulfilled, yet knowing we are not. Thérèse, like so many saints, sought to serve others, to do something outside herself, to forget herself in quiet acts of love. She is one of the great examples of the gospel paradox that we gain our life by losing it, and that the seed that falls to the ground must die in order to live.
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The Letters of Saint Thérèse, Pt. 1

Mother Marie de Gonzague, the superior at the cloistered convent at Carmel, wrote this of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: “Tall and strong, with the air of a child, with a tone of voice and an expression that hide in her the wisdom, perfection and perspicacity of a 50-year-old . . . a little ‘untouchable saint,’ to whom you would give the Good God without confession, but whose cap is full of mischief to play on whomever she wants. “A mystic, a comic, she is everything. She can make you weep with devotion and just as easily faint with laughing during recreation.”
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Saint Thérèse: Simple, Profound Love

The young religious sister whom Saint Pius X described as “the greatest saint of modern times,” spent nine years in a cloistered convent in northern France. The “Patroness of the Missions” never visited one, although she corresponded with priests who served as missionaries. The titles by which the world knows her gloss over the truth about her time in religious life: She was not that remarkable.
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The Life and Times of Thérèse of Lisieux

Born toward the end of the nineteenth century, Thérèse entered the world when middle-class religion in France was narrow and rule-bound. The French Revolution toppled the Church in France from its position of power. Liberty, equality and fraternity, the watchwords of the new secular society, were held suspect by religious people, who tended to distance themselves from politics and the wider culture.
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