The Word Among Us

Lent 2008 Issue

Calming the Inner Storm

St. Thérèse’s Path to Peace

By: Joseph F. Schmidt, FSC

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, popularly known as the Little Flower, died in 1897 at the age of twenty-four. Had she lived to be ninety, as two of her blood sisters did, she would have died in 1963. She is, therefore, in a sense, our contemporary. As Pope John Paul II said when he named her a Doctor of the Church in 1997, she offers us a contemporary understanding of love, the essence of the gospel.

But what exactly can we learn from Thérèse? She seems so far removed from the challenges and struggles we face today. After all, she spent...

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