Best Book on St. Therese

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There a lot of books about  the spirituality of  St. Therese, and I’m not sure why.  Since this saint and doctor of the church wrote during the late nineteenth century–indeed, she missed out on being a 20th century saint by only a few years–her writing is not at all difficult to get through. My own inclination is to skip the commentaries and just read Therese. (Today’s Office of Readings give just one sample of her beautiful, ardent   thoughts.)

But I’ll make one exception. If you  want a refresher on the Little Flower’s teaching, yet are  not in the mood to wade through her entire autobiography, you might want to try out I Believe in Love.  This series of retreat conferences, translated from French, has been around since the 70s.
The author, Father Jean  D’Elbee,  takes you quickly into the heart andgenius of Therese: her unique confidence in God’s Love. A confidence that never fails, despite out sins, despite dryness and desolation, despite any suffering.

You can read I Believe in Love in a couple of sittings, or spread it out,say, with two chapters per day for a five-day, do-it-yourself retreat.   This book has been a spiritual milestone for me, my husband, and many people that I know.

Great stuff to read during Eucharistic adoration.

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Daria Sockey is a freelance writer from western Pennsylvania. Her articles have appeared in many Catholic publications. She authored several of the original Ignatius Press Faith and Life catechisms in the 1980s, and more recently wrote five study guides for saints' lives DVDs distributed by Ignatius Press. She now writes regularly for the newly revamped Catholic Digest. Her newest book, The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, will be published by Servant Books this spring. Feel Free to email her at [email protected]

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