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Thérèse of LisieuxGod's Gentle Warrior$
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Thomas R. Nevin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195307216.001.0001

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 A Short Life in Brief

 A Short Life in Brief

(p.25) 2 A Short Life in Brief
Thérèse of Lisieux

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This chapter chronicles the life of St. Thérèse. Thérèse was born in 1873, in the Norman town of Alençon, when her father was well into his fiftieth year. He and his wife, Zé lie, had lost four of their children. The five who survived were all girls, Thérèse being last, the benjamine. In May 1885, she had asked her father's permission to enter Carmel, and he gave it. Thérèse survived the first years in Carmel by reading San Juan de la Cruz for her own purposes. With delicate equipoise and missionary zeal she was able to carry on conventual life and daily tasks, working in the refectory for two years (1889-1891), and she served in the sacristy (February 1891-February 1893). On June 9, 1895, Thérèse composed the most important of all her recorded prayers, the sacrificial offering of herself to God's compassionate love, Offrande de moi-même comme Victime d'Holocauste à l'Amour Miséricordieux du Bon Dieu.

Keywords:   St. Thérèse, Carmel, convent life, prayers, Alençon

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