THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX
of St. Thérèse of Lisieux: "Pious Recreations"
Translated by Susan Conroy and David J. Dwyer
Over a period of
about three years toward the end of her life, St. Thérèse of Lisieux
(1873-1897) was asked by her Carmelite superiors to compose eight
"theatrical pieces" for special occasions in her convent. She
did not consider them mere trivial amusements. On the
contrary, Thérèse invested herself wholeheartedly in the writing and
performance of these little dramas, which provided a welcome
opportunity to articulate her growing spiritual insights and share
them with her religious community. Here we find echoes of her
great themes, some where developed at greater length than
anywhere else in her writings: Mary of Nazareth and Joan of Arc,
humility and the "little way", confidence and love, and so much
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present volume, for the first time, all eight of her "plays" (or
"pious recreations", as they are sometimes called in the French) are
published together in their entirety for English-speaking readers.
They open a new window onto the message of the church's youngest
"doctor". Also included is a masterful general introduction by
Thérèsian expert, Bishop Guy Gaucher, O.C.D., as well as individual
introductions to each play explaining it in context and