This remarkable biography of Thérèse of Lisieux, one of the most popular Catholic saints of all time, was commissioned by her sister and religious superior and was the first published in English in 1928. Msgr. August Pierre Laveille was able to portray Thérèse, as well as her parents Zélie and Louis who were canonized in 2015, with exquisite detail, having interviewed those who knew them best.
When the autobiography of the life of Thérèse of Lisieux, Story of a Soul, was first published a year after her death in 1898, the response was immediate and overwhelming, with tens of thousands of copies of her book sold in just a few short months. It was decided that an official biography should be written from the documents that had been gathered on the life of Thérèse Martin, whose cause for canonization was taken up without the customary fifty year waiting period.
First published in French in 1925, the first English edition became available in 1928. This exhaustive record of the life of one of the most beloved of all Catholic saints includes biographical information about her parents and grandparents, her early years at home, her years in the cloister, her illness and death, and information about the miracles attributed to her after her death, when she made good the promise on her deathbed that she would "spend her heaven doing good on earth."
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About the Author
Michael Fitzsimons, O.M.I., was appointed provincial of the Oblate Anglo-Irish Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in June 1951. He translated August Pierre Laveille's work on St. Thérèse of Lisieux into English in 1928
Susan Muto, executive director of the Epiphany Association, is a renowned speaker, author, teacher, and dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality.
August Pierre Laveille (1856–1928), the vicar-general of Mieux, was commissioned by the Mother Prioress of the Carmel of Lisieux, St. Thérèse's sister Pauline, to write the official biography of the Little Flower. Msgr. Laveille also wrote several other popular biographies, including those of Belgian Cardinal Désiré Mercier and St. Louis de Montfort.
Susan Muto, executive director of the Epiphany Association, is a renowned speaker, author, and teacher, and is dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality.
Muto earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh, where she specialized in the work of post-Reformation spiritual writers. Beginning in 1966, she served in administrative positions at the Institute of Formative Spirituality at Duquesne University and taught as a full professor in its programs, edited its journals, and served as its director from 1981 to 1988. An expert in literature and spirituality, she continues to teach courses on an adjunct basis at a number of schools, seminaries, and centers of higher learning.
Muto is a frequent contributor to scholarly and popular journals such as Mount Carmel and Spiritual Life Magazine, and served as editor of Epiphany’s online journals and courses, including Growing in, with, and through Christ. She is the author of more than thirty books, among them Twelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart, Table of Plenty, Then God Said, and Virtues: Your Christian Legacy. She is the coauthor—with Rev. Adrian van Kaam, C.S.Sp. (1920-2007)—of more than forty books, including Commitment: Key to Christian Maturity, and The Power of Appreciation.
Muto lectures and leads conferences, seminars, workshops, and institutes nationally and internationally. She has received many distinctions for her work, including a doctor of humanities degree from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She was one of four Catholic writers to be honored in 2009 with a lifetime achievement award by the Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Muto also is the recipient of the 2014 Aggiornamento Award presented of the Catholic Library Association. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the New Edition Susan Muto vii
Preface to the Original French Edition Monseigneur Alfred Baudrillart xi
Author's Note to the Third French Edition xxi
1 Ancestral Origin-Alençon-The Father and Mother of Thérèse Martin 1
2 Early Infancy of "Little Thérèse" 21
3 Growing Virtue of Thérèsee-Her First Great Trial 39
4 Lisieux-Les Buissonnets 65
5 The Benedictine Convent-Strange Malady-First Communion-Sudden Spiritual Transformation 85
6 Vocation to Carmel-Struggle against Exterior Obstacles which Restrained Her- Journey to Italy 113
7 The Carmel of Lisieux-Thérèse As Postulant, and Her Reception-Terrible Trial-Progress in Detachment 151
8 Profession-Apparent Severity of God, and the Disinterested Love of His Servant-Gracious Gift of Jesus to Thérèse-Poetry of the Young Carmelite-Correspondence on Spiritual Matters-Céline's Entrance 177
9 Interior Life at the Carmel-Divine Love the Source of All Thérèse's Perfection-Qualities of This Love and Its Principal Manifestations-Thérèse's Devotion to the Blessed Virgin and the Saints 203
10 Charity of St. Thérèse de l'Enfant Jesus towards Her Neighbour-Her Devotion to the Novices under Her Direction-Her Spiritual Help to Two Missionaries 221
11 Suffering's Rôle in the Providence of God Discerned and Interpreted by Thérèse-Her Perfect Practice of Monastic Virtues Properly So Called: Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience-Her Love of the Cross the Condition and Consequence of Her Love for Jesus 251
12 Idea, Advantages, and Necessity of the "Little Way of Spiritual Childhood" 265
13 The Virtues of the "Little Way" in Practice: Humility, Simplicity, Spiritual Poverty, Confidence-Thérèse's Consecration to Merciful Love, and Its Effect on Her Life 279
14 Beginning of Her Illness-The Histoire d'une Ame-The "Novissima Verba"-End of Exile-Funeral Ceremonies 301
15 First Phases of Her Glorification-Continuous "Rain of Roses"-Sæur Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus Raised to the Altar 333
Appendix A Unpublished Letters of St. Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus to the Guérin Family 373
Appendix B Documentary Evidence 385