Guy Gaucher shares a discerning and finely researched portrait of the final days in the life of Thérèse of Lisieux. Illness and suffering test the young nun and move her through a purifying process, illuminating a spiritual grace that has inspired millions.
One of the most beloved saints of modern times, Thérèse of Lisieux, believed, since childhood, that she would live a short life and would be gathered quickly into a loving union with God. Many have come to know and admire the little flower through the biography of her life, but until The Passion of Thérèse of Lisieux, the end of the saint’s earthly journey has been obscured.
Ponder this Doctor of the Church’s thoughts and hear the observations of those close to her as she succumbs to the ravages of pulmonary tuberculosis. Sense the atmosphere of the convent and feel the support of the community that loved the young noviate so dearly. This intimate encounter brings us close to the humble yet influential person who in confronting death faces destiny, the fulfillment of her most ardent prayers, and her true calling.
“Reading and re-reading this work has proven to be a powerful spiritual experience for me and for many with whom I have spoken . . . [Thérèse] will teach you the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ponder her life, her words, her deeds and her death and you will see that she has changed you.” —Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. (from the Introduction)
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