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Maurice and Therese Hardcover – September 15, 1998


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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385492618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385492614
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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St. Therese of Lisieux, who died unknown in a Carmelite convent at the age of 24, became one of the most influential women in the world after her autobiography (The Story of a Soul) was posthumously published in 1898. Mother Teresa of Calcutta took her name from Therese; Edith Piaf kept Therese's picture on her night table; in 1997, Pope John Paul II made her a Doctor of the Church-- only the third woman to receive this distinction. Her autobiography describes a spiritual life full of everyday revelations--she saw God in jam sandwiches, pretty hats, and beautiful flowers. Maurice and Therese: The Story of a Love shows how her commonplace spirituality ministered to an aimless young priest unsure of his vocation and unstable in his devotion. Maurice Belliere wrote to Therese's Mother Prioress to ask that a nun pray for him, Therese was assigned to the task, and their 21 letters (edited and with commentary by Patrick Traherne) illustrate the young woman's extraordinary ability to love. She wasn't deeply familiar with Maurice, and she didn't agree with him on lots of things, but she was naturally inclined to have faith in him--a necessary aspect of love, and one that deserves attention. --Michael Joseph Gross

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Ahern, the auxiliary bishop of New York, explores the relationship between the Carmelite nun St. Therese of Lisieux and a struggling young priest, Maurice Belliere, by compiling the 21 letters exchanged between them and providing biographical details. St. Therese had a short life, dying at the age of 24 of tuberculosis, but she expressed in her prose meaning and inspiration that brought peace to troubled souls. Through this correspondence, the reader is able to "listen in" on the intimate conversation she shared with Maurice as she encouraged his self-acceptance. The two became soulmates through their letters from 1896 until St. Therese's death in 1897. Expressing the suffering and passion of two imperfect persons touched by God, their story captures what St. Therese did best: showing by example how to be holy in life. Recommended for large religious collections.?Leo Vincent Kriz, West Des Moines Lib., IA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Just when I thought I could not love St.Therese anymore than I do, a dear friend tells me about this book.
pacelligang@msn.com
Knowing something of the fame of Saint Therese, I found this book very interesting in that it provided a look at the human being she was.
Colin Paterson
What it reveals is a very human woman who through the love of Jesus helps another human being find the love God wants us to share in.
Catherine Miller

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am delighted to see the correspondence between Maurice and Therese, which I have appreciated for many years in Therese's letters, so beautifully interpreted here. Rich in insights in Therese's love for her "dear little brother," to whom she wrote, "I see how much your soul is sister to mine . . . "; in insight into her missionary consciousness, her love for the priesthood, her acute compassion for humanity, her extraordinary availability to souls, her theology. Bishop Ahern's luminous appreciation of Therese and Maurice lights the book up. Therese ended her correspondence with these words written on the back of holy picture, "last souvenir of a soul, sister of your own soul," and this book is truly that.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Miller on May 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Never have I read a book on a saint that was more revealing than this. The correspondence between this beloved Saint and a wonderfully ordinary priest washes away the mystique of St. Therese. What it reveals is a very human woman who through the love of Jesus helps another human being find the love God wants us to share in. It is very intense and emotional. You will find it difficult to put down and easy to re-read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Colin Paterson on April 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Knowing something of the fame of Saint Therese, I found this book very interesting in that it provided a look at the human being she was. Her ability to relate so quickly and meaningfully with Maurice in these letters makes it clear that she was a person of wonderful qualitiies, capable of simple yet extraordinary accomplishments.
The book also presents a beautiful picture of a life lived with reliance on faith...even when doubts occur. In her last year, Therese experienced profound feelings of spiritual emptiness which troubled her. We see no evidence of this in her letters to Maurice, but Mr. Ahern's lucid commentaries explain what was going on in her personal life and make it clear that she realized where her mission should be -- in helping a young man who needed encouragement, not in turning attention to her own needs.
That a person does not have to be built on heroic proportions in order to do good in the world -- that is the message I took away from this book. And, I recommend tha others to pick it up and read it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the only book I've ever finished and started over again. I didn't know much about Therese, and less about Maurice, but this book makes you want to read more about Therese. One reviewer called this book a "gift," and I couldn't agree more. The story of a cloistered nun in 19th century France might not seem very relevant today, but God's love is, and that's what this book is about. If Therese had one message, it was "God is love." We need to hear that as much now as a hundred years ago in France.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A. Zientarski on November 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book about a wonderful saint! This book, while not a difficult read, is certainly rich in emotion, beauty, and spirituality. If you have read St.Therese's "Story of a Soul", this is an excellent "second book" to read. It tells of the story of a relationship between a seminarian/priest and St.Therese in her last days. I recommend it for anyone's spiritual edification, especially Catholic Christians.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book offers us not only Therese's own words, but a good insight from the author about Therese's life. We see more than what seems to have become the too sweet Saint. We are able to look at how much she had to suffer, and how much she relied only on God to take her beyond that suffering.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steven W. Riddle on March 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
I had never much cared for St. Therese--largely because her followers made her out to be a somewhat maudlin "little flower." After reading this book, I realized that the "little flower" is actually a giant Sequoia. The passionate love of God and its expression in the support and prayers given to a fellow religious are profoundly moving. I found myself lingering over passages and truly beginning to understand why Therese's "Little Way" has been called "an elevator to union with God."
Highly, highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read The Story of a Love while waiting for the Story of a Soul to arrive, and after reading the Story of a Soul I appreciate The Story of a Love that much more.
Patrick Ahern beautifully tours us through a God-centered, God-inspired, holy love between a nun and priest who became dear friends despite never meeting each other. The Story of a Love will inspire you to treasure and place God at the center your friendships. This is a must read that you won't be able to put down.
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