THERESE DE LISIEUX
Title: Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (Third Edition)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: I C S Publications January 1996
0935216588 / 9780935216585
Seller ID: 140067
One would be hard-pressed to find a figure in the history of Christianity who had so little about her to indicate greatness. Born in 1873, the youngest of five daughters in a pious bourgeois household, Therese grew up determined to enter the Carmelite order, which was allowed her at the age of fifteen despite the misgivings of her superiors, whose objections she overcame simply by her insistence, ''I want to be a saint.'' She lived the rigorous life of that order, devoutly and obediently, fell ill at the age of twenty-four, and died, leaving nothing but this oddly-disjointed set of memoirs which became The Story of a Soul. Nearly a hundred years later, we can say with confidence that there are only a handful of saints who have influenced the lives and affections of so great a multitude, from the greatest to the most humble. Yet we should not be surprised, for in her life she embodied the most obvious paradoxes of Christian faith: the weak things of the world will humble the powerful, and God's foolishness will put to shame the wisdom of the wise; and holiness will always show forth in unexpected places, even in the life of a French teenage girl whose imagery for Christ and the saints was taken from her cottage flower garden.