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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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 How They Paved the Little Way

 How They Paved the Little Way

Carmel and Carmelites in the Time of Thérèse

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(p.113) 4 How They Paved the Little Way
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Thérèse of Lisieux
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Thomas R. Nevin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195307216.003.0004

This chapter focuses on conventual life in Carmel during the time of Thérèse. Carmelites are espoused to the same man, whom they meet only in images and in prayer. They, by their pledge to him, are pledged to a life with each other. They are closely confined, as in a prison, and remain so till death. Visitors are received only at a grille and for only thirty minutes a week. For all but family members, a dark curtain is drawn between the interlocutors, and there is always another sister, known as a tierce, attendant to the conversation. The only men with whom these women are directly in contact are their confessor priest and their physician, who also has to use the grille. They sleep apart in spartanly furnished rooms. They pray, sing, eat together. They work singly and collectively.

Keywords:   Carmel, Carmelites, conventual life, grille, confessor priest

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