Saint Therese of Lisieux
Author: Father Bernard Bro
Copyright/published Year: 2003 by Ignatius
Description: "The greatest saint of modern times" said Pope Pius X back in
1914, speaking of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. And, in 1997, Pope John
Paul II declared Thérèse a Doctor of the Church, citing the
timeliness of her doctrine and the wisdom and practicality with
which she grasped the Gospel message.
Why all this acclaim for Thérèse, who was only a little
middle-class girl from France at the end of the 19th century? The
Centenary of her death, 1897-1997, was celebrated all over the
globe. Why is Thérèse so universally loved, invoked and imitated
by people from all walks of life in every country in the world?
Fr. Bernard Bro, director of the French publishing house,
Éditions du Cerf, and a key figure in publishing the definitive
editions of Thérèse's writings, decided to set forth those
aspects of her life, personality, and writing that do indeed mark
Thérèse of Lisieux as one of the truly great exponents of
Catholic doctrine. What she offers in her life and in her
writing, he claims, is "one of the most certain and simplest
evangelical shortcuts ever proposed". What we find in her words
is a "struggle between darkness and faith, humor and sadness,
realism and pretense, maturity and childhood. The life, words,
and texts of Thérèse are of an astonishing freshness, accuracy,
immediacy, strength, and genius.
According to Bro, Thérèse does not flinch before the important
questions everyone must face: Why death? How can we continue in
hope when suffering and pain threaten to overwhelm us? How can we
remain faithful-and joyful--when we are shaken by the
circumstances of our life? And first of all, how are we to love?
Thérèse answered these questions both by her life and through her
writing. Illustrated with many photos.
About the author
Fr. Bernard Bro, Dominican and doctor of philosophy, has been a
professor at the Pontifical Faculties of Saulchoir, preacher at
Notre-Dame in Paris, and recognized by the Academie Francaise for
the whole of his work. He is considered one of the world's
foremost authorities on the life and writings of St. Thérèse.
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