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St. Therese of Lisieux: Her Last Conversations F First Paperback Edition Used Edition

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Text: English, French (translation)
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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Institute of Carmelite Studies Publications; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (October 15, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096008763X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960087631
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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I'd like especially to recommend this book to those people who (1) believe that Therese's theology is naive and consequently not interesting; and (2) feel that Therese is somehow unworthy of high honor paid her. In the first place, there's nothing naive about the faith of a young woman who admits being subject to "the worst temptations of atheism." In the second place, Therese really did die a martyr's death. In her perfect submission to God's will, she is transfigured and triumphs over death. Reading these last conversations is at once edifying, and inspiring, and deeply humbling. For those who are still skeptical, please read and you'll understand why a Pope called Therese the greatest of all modern saints.
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In the darkest days of my life when I thought nothing could ever be right again, this precious book fell into my hands. I could not stop reading it. This Saint understood all the dark days and knew how to make my suffering useful and use it as a step towards God.She taught me tht my suffering was not meaningless. She brought me out of that dark pit and brought me home to the Divine. I will remain grateful for that book for the rest of my life.
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This is truly one of the most fascinating books in the world. The Martin sisters wrote down literally every word Therese said in her last six months. "O to die her death!"--"Then live her life."
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This has been a difficult review to write. How can one express their reading of St. Therese of Lisieux as enjoyable, when this young Saint experienced such incredible pain? Lived her short life in extreme agony, yet welcomed each moment of pain as a gift from God? Here was a young woman, who was determined to become a saint! Yes, I very much enjoyed reading this text. I would highly recommend others to purchase this translation by John Clarke O.C.D., as he brings much of what has been written before about St. Therese into chronological clarity. In fact, I would have enjoyed having this particular text before having read others on St. Therese. There is a great wealth of information included within this text that is not seen in others.
Not only has John Clarke offered chronological clarity, photographs, and a biographical guide offering proper names/description of those mentioned within the text; John Clarke, O.C.D. offers a Biblical Index along with the 'normal' index found in most text. The Biblical Index brings the reader even closer to St. Therese. Here one may bring themselves to a greater understanding of that immense Love St. Therese of Lisieux had for our Lord. For those who wish to study the life of St. Therese further, I would highly recommend this awe-inspiring text.
This text is offered by ICS Publications (Institute of Carmelite Studies), Washington, D.C. There are several other texts available from the ICS Publications on St. Therese of Lisieux. Inside, on the very last page, there is a small paragraph on the Institute of Carmelite Studies with addresses for those who may be interested in the Discalced Carmelite way of life.
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This view of St. Therese completes the whole picture of her sainlty nature. This is where her heroism shine forth and her total trust in God's Divine Mercy is most evident. Very though provoking.
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St. Therese of Lisieuw is famed for her work concerning her life (Story of a Soul). That work was actually three separate works written at different times at the request of her sisters and superiors in the convent. There are a number of editions of it, but only one which keeps the original text in translation (John Clarke translated that as well).

That work may make it less evident that Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face was a young woman who slowly died of a horrible painful disease. Death was looking her in the face for an extended period of time and she interacted with her sisters much during this time.

It would be easy, and erroneous, to think of St. Therese as merely a sheltered woman who was sentimental about the faith and never had any temptations against it. While she acknowledges that she was privileged to have a loving family and a lot was given to her, her life was not easy or sentimental.

For those struggling in life, we may see the saints as impossible examples, but in this work you see a human who loved Jesus, but also was assaulted by temptations towards atheism, materialism, and nihilism, while suffering a deadly disease which caused her pain constantly.

She knew it would kill her, but she did not know when. Her words during this time may be very enlightening to those now. One will see that a holy life is not sentimental. Loving God is not about feelings or inclinations. One will see that temptations towards things of this world are something which can assault anyone, and that to give up faith because of them is against the example of the saints.

This work is written as a compilation of notes from various people, and as such, it has a lot of footnotes and explanations as many quotes are literal or in an unseen context. It is well worth studying for those who want to follow the example of the saint and to see what her life was in reality.
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This book is a one-of-a-kind book. I am re-reading it, one entry a day, for personal growth. There is no other book to compare.
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