St. Therese of Lisieux

Forgetting what lies behind

A couple weeks ago at Mass (the 5th Sunday of Lent) we heard two Scripture passages about leaving the past behind. The first reading included this: “Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” …

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God’s fatherhood and you

  One of the themes that struck me as I researched and wrote about the life of St. Therese was the fatherhood of God. Jesus taught His disciples to address God as “Father.” He revealed the mystery of the Holy Trinity. What does that mean for our spirituality? As you know from past posts, St. …

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How many good works must we do?

In the thinking of St. Therese, what does it take to be a saint? Therese grew up in a culture influenced by Jansenism. Jansenism was a heresy from the seventeenth century that over-emphasized the role of grace in man’s salvation. It had a long-lasting effect on  the Church in France. In the late nineteenth century, …

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