The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux (2)

On October 11th, 2013, posted in: Go Deeper! by

Quoted from the Introduction of The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux by M.M. Philipon – page xii, xiii

“Of course it was not Thérèse of Lisieux who first discovered that God is our Father, or that holiness consists in love and requires nothing else; she did not even invent spiritual childhood. However, her creative genius, taking hold of these different elements, was able to mark out ‘an entirely new way’, and to discard courageously anything merely accidental to holiness…

St_Therese_of_Lisieux“Above all she made holiness accessible to everyone…

“In canonizing St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Church took care to underline the fact that this highest glorification ‘went beyond the person’ of Thérèse,and that through her God proposed to the people of our time ‘a new model of holiness’,capable of imitation by both lay people and religious, teaching all, in whatever state of life they may be, the means of becoming saints. ‘I feel that my mission is about to begin, my mission of making God loved as I love Him and to give my “little way” to souls’.‘I want to teach them the little ways that have so perfectly succeeded with me, to tell them that there is only one thing to do here below: to offer to Jesus the flowers of small sacrifices.’4


Decree de Tuto for the canonization, March 29, 1925
Bull of canonization
Last Confidences, July 17, 1897


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