THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX
The Letters Of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Those Who Knew Her:
Translated from the
critical edition by John Clarke, OCD. Includes 4 pages of facsimiles
of Thérèse's letters.
ICS Code: GC
700 pages, paper, $16.95.
Letter writing at the end of the nineteenth century was an
important activity for the people of France. Those who received
letters from family and friends alike usually kept the hand-written
texts sent to them as precious gifts. That is why this collection of
letters by and to one of the greatest saints of modern times is so
interesting to us today. No mere notes slapped together in
distracted haste, the missives found in this volume reveal
communications of warm personal sentiment along with expressions of
lively spiritual development.
Thérèse's efforts as a fifteen-year-old to enter Carmel before
reaching the required age appear in revealing detail. This "tortuous
course of a very subtle diplomacy" is set out not only by the
letters of Thérèse herself, but also by those of so many others who
shared her hopes and eventual victory.
The translator-editor gives us 75 pages of introductory remarks
to Thérèse's letters. This volume also includes 4 pages of
facsimiles of Thérèse's letters.
"A welcome piece; there is much to learn in it."
- Christianity Today