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St. Therese of Lisieux

Carmelite nun

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St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), Carmelite nun

Teresa was born at Alencon, Normandy. In 1886 she underwent a religious conversion and thereafter dedicated herself to monastic life. Entering the Carmelite convent at Lisieux at fifteen, she was appointed assistant novice mistress in 1893. One year before her death (1897) from tuberculosis, she volunteered to join the Carmelite missionaries in China.

Her devotional book, The Little Way, was widely acclaimed, as was her autobiography The Story of a Soul. Miracles of healing and prophecy soon were attributed to her name, and an account of these was appended in 1907 to the autobiography.

Teresa was beatified in 1923 and canonized in 1925. One year later a basilica was erected in her honor at Lisieux. In 1929 she became patroness of foreign missions, and in 1947 she was named patroness of France, together with Joan of Arc. Churches and shrines dedicated to her memory often bear the title "Little Flower", reflecting the subtitle of her autobiography.

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One of the church's most beloved saints, Therese Martin, Carmelite of Lisieux has had an impact on the spiritual lives of thousands of believers. This French nun's short life (ended at age 24) was one of great faith and insight, and she was named patroness of France in 1947. Her autobiography, Story of a Soul, has been translated from the French to many languages and is a bestseller worldwide. This collection of her poetry is a welcome addition to the story of her life. Her poems are largely those of praise, thanking God for his faithfulness. She also harbors a strong desire to become more like Christ and like Mary: kind, hardworking, and loyal. She writes a set of poems about Jesus' birth, and one in honor of Jeanne D'Arc (Joan of Arc). Often called "Little Flower of Jesus," St. Teresa was known for her "little way" of living every aspect of her life to serve God. The relatable image and remarkable wisdom of this young girl has touched many people, and this beautiful collection of her simple and sanguine poetry is sure to touch many more.

This electronic edition of the autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul) includes much, but not all, of the content of Soeur Thérèse of Lisieux, edited by Rev. T.N. Taylor. All the translated writings and sayings of St. Thérèse contained in that book are in this electronic edition, including the autobiography as well as "Counsels and Reminiscences," letters, and selected poems. Also included are the preface by Cardinal Bourne, the prologue relating Thérèse's parentage and birth, and the epilogue describing her final illness, her death, and related events. As one of the church's most beloved saints, Térèse Martin, Carmelite of Lisieux has had an impact on the spiritual lives of thousands of believers. This French nun's short life (ended at age 24) was one of great faith and insight, and she was named patroness of France in 1947. Her autobiography, Story of a Soul, has been translated from the French to many languages and is a bestseller worldwide.

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