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Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (the Little Flower) [The Authorized English Translation of Therese's Original Unaltered Manuscripts] Kindle Edition
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A fresh, first rate translation from the original manuscripts. --John Donohue, America --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : September 20, 2013
- File Size : 6906 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 329 pages
- Publisher : ICS Publications; 3rd Edition (September 20, 2013)
- ASIN : B00FBY4BGE
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Lending : Enabled
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Again, here in America I am at a far remove from the world of Therese and her world and time. My children grew into adults without and with my guidance, like many American kids, they did more to raise themselves than either their mother or I ever did, and they did a good job, too. Now at the door to middle age, they are, metaphorically speaking, somewhat past that mid-life point that Dante Alighieri described in the first Canto of the 'Inferno' as being "hopelessly lost in a dark wood;" they have their Virgils, as I had mine. But the very idea that either of them would grow up hoping that God would call them into a cloistered life is perhaps the most alien of things about 19th century France. Yet that is the very thing that Therese describes, and describes with an artless simplicity and beauty which made me forget that she was often quoting the Bible, Saint John of the Cross, the Imitation of Christ and other standards of monastic writers. I suppose that it's my good fortune that over the years I have read these works as well. But I hasten to add, that such a reading background as mine is not needed to appreciate her; indeed, in some it might prove a hindrance to seeing her as she shows herself. What is it that I see, then? I see that Therese loved God; and since I am in no position to dispute it, it's evident that God loved her in return.
But as I read through the book, there were two photographs on page 44 which made my heart stand still: There is little Therese, dressed in a much earlier period's clothing; at her left, a shield which plainly bears La Pucelle's Fleur-des-Lys; for Saint Therese of Liseaux portrayed Joan in a play which the novices had put on. Think what you will of me. But I see in La Petite Fleur a sister in the entourage of Iehannette, and I have little doubt that we shall meet someday and laugh about all of the divisions of religion that exist here. In hoc signo tansit.
I have read this book more than once, and each time I am encouraged. Here is the story of an ordinary person, who lived an extraordinary life in faith. She was not superhuman; had the same difficulties we all do accepting and loving others; she made sainthood attainable.
it because I felt so overwhelmed by her magnificent life? This wonderful soul was so committed to her faith that she was cannonized a Saint and a Doctor of the Catholic Church--all in a life of twenty-four years!