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 A Short Life in Brief

Thomas R. Nevin

in Thérèse of Lisieux

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195307214
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785032 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195307216.003.0002
  A Short Life in Brief

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This chapter chronicles the life of St. Thérèse. Thérèse was born in 1873, in the Norman town of Alençon, when her father was well into his fiftieth year. He and his wife, Zé lie, had lost four of their children. The five who survived were all girls, Thérèse being last, the benjamine. In May 1885, she had asked her father's permission to enter Carmel, and he gave it. Thérèse survived the first years in Carmel by reading San Juan de la Cruz for her own purposes. With delicate equipoise and missionary zeal she was able to carry on conventual life and daily tasks, working in the refectory for two years (1889-1891), and she served in the sacristy (February 1891-February 1893). On June 9, 1895, Thérèse composed the most important of all her recorded prayers, the sacrificial offering of herself to God's compassionate love, Offrande de moi-même comme Victime d'Holocauste à l'Amour Miséricordieux du Bon Dieu.

Keywords: St. Thérèse; Carmel; convent life; prayers; Alençon

Chapter.  21453 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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