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The Last Years of Saint ThereseDoubt and Darkness, 1895-1897$
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Thomas R. Nevin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987665.001.0001

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Final Charity: The Last Autobiography

Final Charity: The Last Autobiography

(p.147) 5 Final Charity: The Last Autobiography
The Last Years of Saint Therese

Thomas R. Nevin

Oxford University Press

Thérèse was a writer for her community, composing plays and poems for particular festive occasions. She also wrote over two hundred letters, some of them rich in Christological perception, but her most important script was her self-portrait: first, of her childhood; second, of herself in her last retreat; third, in her confession of feeling cut off from God, as though in a tunnel, a vault, a fog. This chapter dwells upon that confession, and where it leads her. It ends with the universal community of the spiritually lost, the many stray souls such as Christ comes to minister.

Keywords:   bitterness, trust, love, sorrow, tunnel

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