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Monday, October 02, 2006

More St. Therese (and Living Books)

Does it get any better than this? More St. Therese. Here is a product description of the book Maurice and Therese, my friend Esther and I were chatting about in the comments section of my recent post: Happy Birthday Mark, Happy Feast Day St. Therese.

As a homeschooling family living a learning lifestyle, our favorite resources are living books - I think this one that Esther found is certainly that. For a definition of "living book", go to this link: Toward a Definition of a Living Book.

Thanks Esther!

Maurice and Therese
by Patrick Ahern

Product Details
ISBN: 0385492618
ISBN-13: 9780385492614
Format: Hardcover, 284pp
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group

From the Publisher
As Saint Therese lay dying in the Carmel of Lisieux, she overheard a conversation that amused her. Outside her window, two nuns were discussing what they could write in her obituary that might possibly be of any interest, since the twenty-four-year-old nun had never done anything worth noting. Therese was pleased, for she had always kept a low profile. With the posthumous publication of her spiritual autobiography in 1898, however, that unknown person would vanish instantly. She became one of the most beloved saints of all time, and her influence will expand dramatically because of Pope John Paul II's declaration that she is a Doctor of the Church. Amid growing interest in her writings comes the collected correspondence between herself and a humble young seminarian, Maurice Belliere. Though they never met in person, they exchanged twenty-one letters that open a window on the heart of Saint Therese - a window that would have remained forever closed had Maurice not written to the Mother Superior at the convent asking for a nun to pray for him. The Mother Superior chose Therese, and in these conversational letters the Little Flower reveals herself in a way that we would never have known from her autobiography. In his accompanying text, Bishop Patrick Ahern expertly leads the reader into the worlds of Maurice and Therese, and reveals the full beauty of this saint's spirituality.

From The Critics
Library Journal
Ahern, the auxiliary bishop of New York, explores the relationship between the Carmelite nun St. Therese of Lisieux and a struggling young priest, Maurice Belliere, by compiling the 21 letters exchanged between them and providing biographical details. St. Therese had a short life, dying at the age of 24 of tuberculosis, but she expressed in her prose meaning and inspiration that brought peace to troubled souls. Through this correspondence, the reader is able to "listen in" on the intimate conversation she shared with Maurice as she encouraged his self-acceptance. The two became soulmates through their letters from 1896 until St. Therese's death in 1897. Expressing the suffering and passion of two imperfect persons touched by God, their story captures what St. Therese did best: showing by example how to be holy in life.

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