Doctor of the Church

St Thérèse of Lisieux is the third woman, after St Catherine of Sienna and St Thérèse of Avila, to be proclaimed Doctor of the Church. Monseigneur Guy Gaucher, Auxiliary Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux, explains the importance of this proclamation.

At the time of closing this World Day in France, I make a point of evoking the high figure of St Thérèse of Lisieux, who entered the Life here a hundred years ago. This young Carmelite nun was wholly seized by the Love of God. She radically lived the offering of herself in response to the Love of God. In the simplicity of everyday life she could also practise brotherly love. With the imitation of Jesus, she agreed to sit down « at the table of the sinners », her « brothers », so that they are purified by the love, because it was animated by the burning desire to see in all enlightened men the « of the luminous torch of the faith. » (Ms C, 6r°).

For the proclamation of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face