Biographies

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THERESE OF LISIEUX

Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897) is one of the most popular and beloved of the saints. Her « little way » is perhaps the most admired of all spiritual paths. Yet few figures in the history of Christianity have been so misunderstood and misrepresented. In this celebrated study the distinguished biographer Monica Furlong strips away the layers of sentimentality to reveal a startlingly unfamiliar and surprising Thérèse : no less attractive, and even more extraordinary. Monica Furlong is the author of acclaimed biographies of Thomas Merton and Alan Watts, as well as several novels and influential studies of religion and spirituality. Her most recent book isC of E : The state It's In. In this celebrated study the distinguished biographer Monica Furlong strips away the layers of sentimentality to reveal a startlingly unfamiliar and suprising Thérèse : no less attractive, and even more extraordinary.

DARTON LONGMAN TODD - 135 pages - 13.20 €

ST THERESE THE LITTLE FLOWER THE MAKING OF A SAINT

She lived 24 years and was an obscure nun for nine of those. She died in 1897 and was canonized in 1925. Yet she is known the world over by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Her statue soon appeared in most Catholic Churches in the world. With St. Joan of Arc she shares the title « Patroness of France » and with St. Francis Xavier the honor of « Principal Patroness of all Missionaries ». Her devotees acknowledge her as a second St. Jude in her powerful intercession with God. Her appeal is universal, from peasants to Popes, and people of all stations know her and call upon her for help. What factors conspired to shape St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus ? John Beevers asks himself this question in The Making of a Saint. As author of an earlier biography, The Storm of Glory, and as translator of her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, he brings to his task an authority on her life unsurpassed perhaps by any writer in English. The story of this life is a marvel, a miracle, of divine grace. For the life of St. Thérèse is the lesson to all men of spiritual greatness to be achieved by perfect love of God and total consecration of all our actions, even the smallest, to His greater honor and glory. After having written a first book on St. Thérèse in 1950, John Beevers wrote The Making of a Saint, a new biography enriched by the publication of the authentic manuscripts and of details about her family background previously unknown. This second biography was first published for the centenary of the birth of Thérèse in 1973.

TAN - 157 pages - 8.00 €

THERESE OF LISIEUX A BIOGRAPHY

« He willed to create souls comparable to lilies and roses, but he has created smaller ones and these must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God's glances when he looks down at his feet. Perfection consists in doing his will, in being what he wills us to be. »St. Thérèse of Lisieux. She is called « The Little Flower », but St. Thérèse of Lisieux was no shrinking violet. Denied entry to the Carmelite convent because of her youth, St.Thérèse argued her cause all the way to Pope Leo XIII. Finally admitted to Carmel in 1888 at age fifteen, she lived only nine more years, but in those nine years she archieved a state of holiness few have attained. Described by Pope St.Pius X as « the greatest saint of modern times, » St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus is one of the most popular saints the world has ever known. Her « Little way » of spirituality, which emphasizes finding the pathway to God in the simple and ordinary, has been embraced by people of good faith from every nation and walk of life. Now, in this carefully researched biography, the lifes, times, and spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux are brought to vivid life. This candid portrait of a modern-day saint is sure to be an inspiration to all who seek to find their own « Little Way » to God. « This is a popular biography, based on careful research » —Theology Digest - « Miss O'Connor has presented St.Therese as a believable young woman who rose to the heights of sanstity. A very refreshing look at a very popular saint. » ---The Priest.- « O'Connor's book is a fascinating and candid portrait of the »Little Flower« based in part on the author's original research in the archives of Lisieux Carmel. » —Spiritual life -« Particulalry notable (is) the author's brisk and candid portrayal of Therese's character - a lively, stubborn, obedient woman with a sense of humor and a hard, but appealing spirituality. » —Spiritual Book News « This is a popular biography, based on careful research » : Theology Digest « Miss O’Connor has presented St.Therese as a believable young woman who rose to the heights of santity. A very refreshing look at a very popular saint. » : The priest « O’Connor’s book is a fascinating and candid portrait of the »Little Flower« based in part on the author’s original research in the archives of Lisieux carmel : Spiritual Life »Particularly notable (is) the autor’s brisk and candid portrayal of Therese’s character-a lively, stubborn, obedient woman with a sense of humor and a hard, but appealing spirituality : Spiritual Book News

OUR SUNDAY VISITOR BOOKS - 155 PAGES - 10.00 €

THERESE OF LISIEUX

« I do not repent of having surrendered myself to love » Born in 1873 at Alençon in France, Marie Françoise Thérèse Martin died in 1987 aged 24 of advanced intestinal tuberculosis, at her Carmel convent in Lisieux. 100 years later John Paul II declared her a « Doctor of the Church ». She was canonised as a saint, in record time, only 28 years after her death. She never went to university, hardly travelled, had no academic or other titles. Yet she (through her story and writing) was almost a household name during the Great War of 1914. this authorative life of Thérèse, a true classic, tells the story of one of Christ's true « little one's » Born in 1873 at Alençon in France, Thérèse Martin died in 1987 aged 24 of advanced intestinal tuberculosis, at her Carmel convent in Lisieux. 100 years later John Paul II declared her a « Doctor of the Church ». She was canonised as a saint after her death. She never went to university, hardly travelled, had no academic or other titles.

CTS GREAT SAINTS SERIES - 88 PAGES - 3.60 €

SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX her family her god her message

« 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 Editions du Cerf and a key figure in publishing the definitive editions of Thérèse's writings, decided to set forth the aspects of her life, personnality, 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 the texts of Thérèse are of an astonishing freshness, accuracy, immediacy, strength, and genius under the banal appearance ». According to Fr. 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, as people of faith, are we to deal with the questions that somtimes nag at our minds ? How can we remain faithful, and joyful, when we are shaken by circumstances of our life ? And the first of all, how are we to love ? Thérèse answered these questions both by her life and through her writing. Fr. Bro explores those answers with the same freshness ans boldness that characterize Thérèse herself. Why death ? How can we continue in hope when suffering and pain threaten to overwhelm us ? How, as people of faith, are we to deal with the questions that somtimes nag at our minds ? How can we remain faithful - and joyful - when we are shaken by circumstances of our life ? And the first of all, how are we to love ? Thérèse answered these questions both by her life and through her writing. Fr. Bro explores those answers with the same freshness ans boldness that characterize Thérèse herself.

IGNATIUS - 253 PAGES - 15.00 €

SAINT THERESE AND THE ROSES

Growing up in Lisieux, France, was occasionally painful but usually delightful for Thérèse Martin (the Little Flower) and her sister. For practical Marie, studious Pauline, hot-tempered Léonie, mischievous Céline, and beautiful, lovable Thérèse, growng up meant growing closer to God. The Little Flower found her pathway to holiness right in her own back yard. With their disagreements, secrets, visits to the convent, school adventures, and the romances, these five girls are an ejoyable handful for their kindly, widowed father. But Thérèse, because she loves her family, discovers that one of her sisters might unwittingly prevent her dearest wish from coming true. In this Vision book, Helen Walker Homan, who writes in the tradition of Louisa Mae Alcott, has created another classic of delightful family life among five sisters, one of whom became a saint. In this Vision book, Helen Walker Homan, who writes in the tradition of Louisa Mae Alcott, has created another classic of delightful family life among five sisters, one of whom became a saint.

IGNATIUS - 149 PAGES - 10.00 €