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 Perfecta Caritas

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/10.1093/0195307216.003.0008
  Perfecta Caritas

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This chapter focuses on Thérèse's stature as a theologian. Thérèse of Lisieux became a doctor of the church in the centenary year of her death, 1997. She stands with only two other women in this position: Teresa of Avila, so declared in 1970 with Catherine of Siena. The criteria for this exalting appointment center upon writings that reflect profound learning and deep sanctity so as to instruct the faithful in future generations. Thérèse did not just much teach Christian doctrine she embodied Christian life. She was not a souffleur of Christianity but someone who loved Christ and could see Christ in others. She could do so only in her weakness and littleness and that is what so oddly and surely proclaims her magnificence.

Keywords: St. Thérèse; theologian; faith; hope; Christ

Chapter.  19317 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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