Spirituality

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BY LOVE ALONE Daily Readings with St Thérèse of Lisieux

This book is part of the acclaimed Enfolded in Love series of books, which presents selections from the spiritual classics in a form suitable for daily reading and meditation

DARTON LONGMAN TODD - 77 pages - 5.15 €

SPIRITUAL CHILDHOOD THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST.THERESE OF LISIEUX

St Thérèse of Lisieux, now a Doctor of the Church, summarized her spirituality in these simple but profound words, « My Little WAy is all love ». Her complete and unshakable trust in the love of God our Father was the foundation of her spiritual life, a chidlike relationship with our Creatir that raised her to the heights of sanctity in only 24 years of life. St. Thérèse's spirituality, her Little Way of Spiritual Childhood, is one that can be imitated and practiced by all souls, no matter waht their state in life. Her spirituality has been recognized by the Church as a special gift from God for ordinary people everywhere to reach heroic sanctity. Monseigneur Vernon Johnson, a famous convert and apostle of St. Thérèse, presents in the book the most clear, practical and yet profound explanation of this « little way », a way to perfection that changed his life and the lives of countless others. Johnson summarizes the spiritual approach of St.Thérèse in these three words : Love, Humility, Confidence. St Thérèse’s spirituality, her Little Way of Spiritual Childhood, is one that can be imitated and practiced by all souls, no matter what their state in life. her spirituality has been recognized by the Church as a special gift from god for ordinary people eveywhere to reach heroic sanctity.

IGNATIUS - 230 pages - 13.00 €

THE HIDDEN FACE A STUDY OF ST THERESE OF LISIEUX

This study of the life and character of Thérèse of Lisieux is a truly extraordinary book, a remarkable, penetrating, and fascinating search for the truth behind one of the most astounding religious figures of modern times. A young nun who entered a convent at fifteen and died at twenty-four, Thérèse roused an incredible storm of spontaneous veneration only a few months after her death, and has been called by one Pope as « the greatest saint of the modern times ». Countless statues and pictures of the sweetly smiling saint, most of them in questionable taste, flooded the world. But who was she, really ? The Hidden Face has sprung from this question. It presents the true Thérèse, as conscientiously and objectively as possible, and gives at the same time a convincing interpretation of her sainthood. It is a book not for Catholics alone, but for anyone fascinated by the force of spirituality, by the incalculable effects of what Pascal called the « greatness of the human soul ». It opens the cloistered world of the Carmel, takes off all the sugar coating, and reveals the stark drama behind convent walls, the tension between personalities, the daily details of conventual life. And it throws light on the tremendous purifying process that turned the pampered darling of a doting family into a saint of heroic virtue. The work of a mind of rare intelligence and integrity, this book is unique among the lives of saints. First published in Germany in 1944, the original is now in its eighth edition. This English translation was based on a new, revised version that took into account the latest most authentic edition of the saint's writings. This study of the life and character of Thérèse of Lisieux is a truly extraordinary book, a remarkable, penetrating, and fascinating search for the truth behind one of the most astouding religious figures of modern times.

IGNATIUS - 417 pages - 17.50 €

SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX DOCTOR OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

On World Misison Synday, October 19, 1997, Pope John Paul II declared St. Therese of Lisieux a « Doctor of the Universal Church »….

SAINT PAUL - 240 pages - 15.00 €

THE POWER OF CONFIDENCE

« In September of 1995, Father Conrad De Meester, an old friend, sent me a copy of his thoroughgoing study of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Dynamique de la Confiance. It took me six months to read it slowly, a little bit at a time. I have the habit of writing the date when I finish a book on the title page, with a comment recording my impression of it. On the title page of this book I wrote simply : »This is a masterpiece.« Thus begins New York's Auxiliary Bishop Patrick V. Ahern's Preface to this classic work by one of the world's most respected experts on the life and teaching of this latest Doctor of the Church, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. The men and women of today, often disheartened by worry and discouragement, will be reminded by the »Little Flower« that daily life with all its ups and downs can become a marvelous springboard to sanctity. Her »Way of spiritual childhood« is nothing less than »the translation of the evangelical ideal providentially offered to the modern world" (Yves Congar). But how did she come to such a profound yet simple insight into the secret of the way to God's heart, and thus to eternal happiness with Him in Heaven ? This book retraces the itinary that led Thérèse to her great discovery and beyond ; it enters into her simple and surprising psychology, and relives with her gradual blossoming of her conviction. Between God and Thérèse, conscious of her own incompleteness, it is confidence which, finally, bridges the gap. Confidence and love. Once we understand this, we shall see that there is great power in utter confidence in God and love for Him. A close and careful reading of The Power of Confidence will show us how and why this is true for everyone. This book retraces the itinary that led Thérèse to her great discovery and beyond ; it enters into her simple and surprising psychology, and relives with her gradual blossoming of her conviction.

ALBA HOUSE - 371 pages - 18.55 €

JOHN AND THERESE : FLAMES OF LOVE

In her autobiography, Thérèse of Lisieux writes : « Ah ! how many lights have I not drawn from the works of our holy Father, St. John of the Cross !… At the ages of 17 and 18, I had no other spiritual nourishment. » In this book, Bishop Gauchar, a well-known French author and eminent authority on St. Thérèse, meticulously traces John's influence on the young Carmelite nun and finds that he was a presence that guided and inspired her throughout her short life, right up to the day she died. « God's poet » was for her a teacher of Faith, Hope and especially Love. No other book about Saint and Doctor of the Church really meant by « the flames of love », which consumed her as surely as the flames of any holocaust. To live and « to die of love » was her sole passion ; « to love Jesus and to make him loved » was the essence of her singular vocation and mission in life. Through the pages of this book, we are able, at least a little, to gain entrance into the heart of all her poetry and, at the same time, are given a new, or perhaps very first, understanding of some of the more difficult passages from the writings of her spiritual father and mentor, St. John of the Cross. The influence of St. John of the Cross in the Life and Writings of St. Thérèse of Lisieux - by Bishop Guy Gaucher.

ALBA HOUSE - 160 pages - 13.50 €

THE FIRE OF LOVE PRAYING WITH THERESE OF LISIEUX

From the age of fifteen until her death at twenty-four, Thérèse of Lisieux lived a hidden life in the seclusion of a Carmelite convent. Today, she ranks alongside such great figures as St Augustine and Thomas Aquinas as a Doctor of the Church, and is an inspiration for countless men and women of all ages and cultures. What explains her extraordinary appeal ? This warm and intimate portrait of Thérèse demonstrates that the message of her life is more relevant now than ever and introduces us to a practical spirituality for our times. Her life was a celebration of littleness and weakness - that are despised in this world with its relentless materialism, and yet which lead us directly to the loving heart of God. This warm and intimate portrait demonstrate that the message of Thérèse’s life is more relevant now than ever and introduces us to a practical spirituality for our times.

Canterbury Press - 104 pages - 11.15 €

THE TRIAL OF FAITH OF ST THERESE OF LISIEUX

For the final eighteen months of her life, as she was literally being suffocated to death by pulmonary tuberculosis, Thérèse of Lisieux experienced a harrowing « trial of faith ». Although never faltering in her profession of faith, she had to struggle to believe in the existence of life beyond the grave. Her struggle to assent to the existence of heaven caused her more agony, she said, than her physical disease. By her own admission, her trial was a veritable martyrdom. Her trial of faith wan an intense manifestation of her profound union with Christ in his redemptive suffering for the salvation of the world and reveals a hitherto largely unappreciated facet of her very special mission here on earth, namely, to expiate sins against the faith and to impart and strengthen the gift of faith in members of the Church who find themselves subjected to similar doubts and difficulties by a world that no longer knows what it believes about life after death. This work highlights in particular the redemptive role all Christians are called upon to play by virtue of their Baptism. In this context, Thérèse, the saint of the « little », and might we not also add, « universal » way, illustrated by her life and teaching the centerpiece of the Second Vatican Council's universal call to holiness of all the faithful. This book shows us how. A very elaborate study of the trial of faith experienced by St. Thérèse during the last 18 months of her life. Through his study, the author wishes to highlight some aspects of the doctrines of redemption, grace and ecclesiology, especially the co-dedemptive role all Christians are called to play.

ST PAUL - 207 pages - 13.50 €

UNDER THE TORRENT OF HIS LOVE THERESE OF LISIEUX A SPIRITUAL GENIUS

This book was written in anticipation of the day when Thérèse of Lisieux was to be ranked among the Doctors of the Church - that long-awaited day finally came on the 19th October 1997. The author, a priest who knew the blood sisters of the Little Flower personally, presents his own fascinating insights. As a Carmelite and Founder of the secular Insitute of Notre Dame de Vie, Father Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus (1894-1967) dedicated his whole life to the study of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her Little Way. Here he helps us penetrate the heart of her message regarding the discovery of God as Love. As the perfect disciple of Elijah, St. Teresa of Avila, and especially St. John of the Cross, St. Thérèse of Lisieux was an authentic contemplative who became the « most powerful leader of souls in our times. » This book places her teaching on spiritual childhood in reach of all. « …One cannot fail to place Father Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus among the most important disciples of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in the twentieth century… and, indeed, for all time to come » (Guy Gaucher). Foreword to the English language edition by Bishop Patrick V. Ahern. Three conferences on St. Thérèse given by a Carmelite priest who dedicated his whole life to study of St. Thérèse. A great help to penetrate the heart of the message of St. Thérèse whom he calls « a spiritual Genius », a teacher of Gospel truth par excellence ; a prophetic book.

ALBA HOUSE - 155 pages - 6.60 €

THERESE OF LISIEUX A VOCATION OF LOVE

The great laws of science do not exist because one day a scholar discovers and formulates their reality. They were there immutable after the creation of the world. The same is so in the spiritual world. Thérèse Martin invented nothing. She simply relied on the Gospel and brought to light a principle of an ever-present force and she did so with utter simplicity. Young people of every age will acknowledge within themselves their most basic and generous aspirations. Those who have some experience of God's ways well know that beyond research, human judgements, failings and beyond the finest accomplishments, it is the function of the unique Love lived by all the saints that makes a person to take up a veritable burden and bear even what seems most burdensome. Thérèse is a lesson to all 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. The kernel of St. Thérèse’s message : she is the Saint of Love. However, much more than a summary, this book is a leap forward : a call to conversion.

ALBA HOUSE - 108 pages - 5.00 €

COMPLETE SPIRITUAL DOCTRINE OF ST THERESE OF LISIEUX

First complete, accurate, unaltered presentation of Therese's « Little Way » to appear in English. Deploring the many works which present only a part or a distorted version of the spirituality of St. Therese, Father Jamart spent many years of research and study to prepare this book in which he cuts away the sensational, the pietistic, and the emotional elements which have crept into writings about the « Little Way ». Contrary to the belief that Therese's spiritual mission was limited to the recalling of sinners to God and the sanctification of priests, the author shows conclusively that « her way of spiritual childhood » was and is intended as a way of life for all. Bearing in mind the universality of Therese's doctrine, Fr Jamart proceeds with simplicity of style and orderly progression of thought, creating a work, not for the initiated few, but for all Christians seriously interested in finding a sure and easy way to Christ. According to the judgement of the Carmelite nuns of Lisieux, this work « represents the pure doctrine of Thérèse, without deviation ». The Little Way of St. Therese explained with simplicity and rigor : no disortion, no betrayal of Thérèse’s message, just her pure doctrine.

ALBA HOUSE - 318 pages - 21.00 €

LOVE IN THE HEART OF THE CHURCH THE MISSION OF THERESE OF LISIEUX

Throughout the Church a year of celebration began on 30 September 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the death of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a contemplative Carmelite nun who died at the age of twenty-four. Thérèse is an extremely popular saint among people of the most varied backgrounds. For some, however, her image was too saccharine and pietistic. In recent decades a new face has been appearing, which, though not taking away from her attractiveness, shows her to be a very strong and fascinating woman, as well as one of the most important spiritual writers of our time. Indeed, on the 19th October 1997, Thérèse was proclaimed Doctor of the Universal Church…Father Christopher O'Donnell, a Carmelite teaching in the Milltown Institute, Dublin, takes up a theme proposed in current theology especially by Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar, namely, the important contribution to theology offered by spirituality, and especially by the lives and writings of the saints. this new book, written for the centenary by a specialist in ecclesiology, examines what Thérèse may have to offer for a contemporary theology of the Chrurch. In a Church which is often negatively perceived, St. Thérèse's self-identity as « love in the heart of the Church » can be a focus for a renewed ecclesiology. After surveying the many faces of the saint in this century in centenary overview, Father O'Donnell examines various intuitions of St. Thérèse such as the Communion of Saints, charisms, practical charity, intercession, suffering, missions, priests, faith, purgatory, martyrdom, the saints and Mary. He suggests that the development by St. Thérèse of these and other topics is especially significant today for a renewed and vital vision of the Church. A study written for the centenary by a specialist in ecclesiology : the contribution of St. Thérèse to the life of the Church, her profound theological genius.

VERITAS - 255 pages - 11.50 €

THE MESSAGE OF ST THERESE OF LISIEUX

The Little Way of an unknown Carmelite nun who became a Doctor of the Church. Thérèse died a painful and lingering death of tuberculosis in her French convent in the Normandy town of Lisieux in 1897, at only twenty four-years of age. Thousands of soldiers in the First World War trenches carried her picture to their own deaths. This acclaimed booklet sets out what Thérèse called her Little Way and powerfully reveals the relevance of the Gospel to everyday living. A precious little book for those who want to discover the core elements of St. Therese’s spirituality and message. Simple and practical.

CTS - 48 pages - 3.60 €

HEART OF LOVE

A collection of texts written during the Centenary Year of Thérèse’s death, briefly elaborating themes such as : Thérèse and prayer, Thérèse and the Eucharist, Thérèse and the missions, Doctor of the Church… with quotations selected from her own manuscripts, prayers and poems. A well thought-out collection of texts within everyone’s reach.

VERITAS - 80 pages - 6.85 €

MY VOCATION IS LOVE

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux attained the summit of love by plumbing the depths of her own powerlessness. Confronted by this powerlessness in the events of everyday life, she abandoned herself more to Jesus Christ , the incarnation of God's mercy. In so doing, she received the Savior's healing, and the awareness of being loved by an infinitely merciful Father. We can all recognize our face in that of Thérèse. Like her, we are poor, finite and often overcome by fear. She can teach us that by following her way of abandonment we also will experience Love. Then we will be able to cry out, with her, in an excess of joy : « My vocation is Love …In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love, and so I will be everything… » We can all recognize our face in that of Thérèse. Like her, we are poor, finite and often overcome by fear. She can teach us that by following her way of abandonment we also will experience Love.

MEDIASPAUL - 172 pages - 15.00 €

WITH EMPTY HANDS the message of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

This is an entirely new edition and translation of Conrad de Meester's brilliant and moving presentation of the life, thought and spirituality of St.Thérèse of Lisieux. The author has completely revised ans amplified his previous book in the light of the new, thoroughly annotated editions of her own works and the many recent works of research and commentary, which have led him to develop and change some of his interpretations of teh saint's life and character. This is an entirely new edition and translation of Conrad de Meester’s brilliant and moving presentation of the life, thought and spirituality of St.Thérèse of Lisieux.

ICS PUBLICATIONS - 142 pages - 19.20 €

THE LITTLE FLOWER the story of Saint Therese of the child Jesus

« Papa, what's the new baby's name ? » asked one of the Martin girls. Little Therese was « the baby » of the Martin family. She was also her Papa's « Little Queen ». With her Mama, her Papa and her 4 big sisters to love her, Therese could have turned out to be a very spoiled little girl. And indeed, it is true that sometimes she was cross and naughty. But Therese had hit upon a plan : she had decided to become a saint.To do this, she would love God every minute and would always say, « Yes » to whatever He asked of her. Would this really make Therese into a saint ? Wasn't it too easy ? Or maybe it would sometimes be too hard ? And wouldn't Therese forget about her plan as she grew older ? This book tells what happened to little Therese : It shows how Therese received a second mother when she lost her first mother, how she was teased at school, and how she was cured of being a crybaby. It tells about her mysterious illness, her miraculous cure, her First Holy Communion, the terrible criminal whose soul she won back for God, and what she decided to do when grew up. All in all, here is the wonderful true story of what happened when littlle Therese Martin set out to become a saint. This book tells what happened to little Therese : It shows how Therese received a second mother when she lost her first mother, how she was teased at school, and how she was cured of being a crybaby.

TAN - 165 pages - 10.00 €

WHERE THE SPIRIT BREATHES Prayer and Action

Where the spirit breathes there is life, there is love, there is boundless creative activity. Persons are glorified by teh Spirit of Love who possesses them. The human personality is elevated and broadened by this presence and possession of the Spirit. The senses are purified, the intellect refined, the will stengthened, and we are made whole. All christians, from the moment of their baptism, are called to know and to participate in the riches of God's own divine life in them and to experience the supernatural love which the grace of the sacrament contains. And more, they are to become the conscious collaborators of the sanctifying apostolic action of the Holy Spirit within them to save the world. The teaching presented here by Father Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus is at the heart of his personal experience and spiritual doctrine. An ardent devotee and disciple of St.Thérèse of Lisieux from whom he learned much about the working of the Holy Spirit and familiar himself with the action of the spirit in his own life, he teaches us the paths of silent prayer, which lead to the transforming action of the Spirit in our lives. He speaks of the loving and fertile collaboration we can have with the Holy Spirit and he describes here its requirements and its wealth, opening up to those who want to live their basptimal grace more fully the immense horizon of holiness which stretches out before them. Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus speaks of the loving and fertile collaboration we can have with the Holy Spirit and he describes here its requirements and its wealth, opening up to those who want to live their basptimal grace more fully the immense horizon of holiness which stretches out before them.

ALBA HOUSE - 290 pages - 9.75 €

SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX THE WAY OF LOVE

Experience the adventures and challenges, herism and holiness of some of the greatest friends of God ! The saints live and breathe again in these stories you won’t want to put down. Each book in this ongoing series also features a special paryer and a glossary of terms. Collect them all, and meet the saints !

PAULINE - 129 pages - 6.80 €