The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux

On September 20th, 2013, posted in: Go Deeper! by

We begin with an out-of-print classic which providentially came into our possession during our time in New Brunswick, entitled The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux by M. M. Philipon, O.P. For over ten years this Dominican theologian was granted the singular grace to enter the Carmelite cloister in Lisieux to confer with Thérèse’s sisters and consult and study at leisure testimonies and unpublished documents. All he wrote was submitted to the scrutiny of those who had known and lived with Thérèse before it went to print to ensure that it faithfully represented her mind, heart and wisdom; her doctrine of the ‘Little Way’.

The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux by M.M. Philipon – page 85

“When Mother Agnes asked Thérèse what was this ‘little way’ of which she spoke so often and which she dreamed of teaching to souls, Thérèse replied:

‘Mother, it is the way of spiritual childhood: the way of confidence and total self-surrender’ (Last Confidences, July 17, 1897)

‘Weak and imperfect souls’ must not despair of reaching the summit of the mountain of love (i.e. the transforming Union), ‘since Jesus does not ask for great deeds, but only for self-surrender and gratitude…my way is all confidence and love’ (letter to a missionary, 1891)

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