|St Thérèse at Amiens Cathedral|
~St. Thérèse of Lisieux (†1897),
The Prayers ofSaint Thérèse of Lisieux (ICS Publications)
Although completely out of our way, the visit to Lisieux was one of the highlights of our French pilgrimage earlier this year.
Set deep in northwest France, the town of Lisieux is generally uninteresting—and not highlighted or recommended in any of our tour books! That’s because two-thirds of the town was destroyed in 1944 by allied bombs and few of its historical monuments and landmarks remain.
But the visit to Thérèse's Carmel was well worth the effort to get there. Much in the spirit of the Little Flower, the Carmel chapel, her grave, and the adjacent display on Saint Thérèse and her life was simple, reverent, and exceptionally inspiring.
|"The Imitation of Christ," book of devotion in the Lammenais translation that Thérèse knew by heart|
|Last picture painted by Thérèse|
"It is confidence and nothing but confidence
that must lead us to love"
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Note: If you want to learn more about her, I highly recommend Heather King's book, "Shirt of Flame: a year with St. Thérèse of Lisieux"-- a powerful and provocative contemporary reflection on this timeless saint!