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Maurice and Therese: The Story of a Love

Maurice and Therese The Story of a Love As Saint Therese lay dying in the Carmel of Lisieux she overheard a conversation that amused her Outside her window two nuns were discussing what they could write in her obituary that could possibly

  • Title: Maurice and Therese: The Story of a Love
  • Author: Patrick Ahern
  • ISBN: 9780385497404
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • As Saint Therese lay dying in the Carmel of Lisieux, she overheard a conversation that amused her Outside her window, two nuns were discussing what they could write in her obituary that could possibly be of any interest, since the twenty four year old nun had never done anything worth noting Therese was pleased, for she had always kept a low profile With the posthumousAs Saint Therese lay dying in the Carmel of Lisieux, she overheard a conversation that amused her Outside her window, two nuns were discussing what they could write in her obituary that could possibly be of any interest, since the twenty four year old nun had never done anything worth noting Therese was pleased, for she had always kept a low profile With the posthumous publication of her spiritual autobiography in 1898, however, that low profile would vanish instantly She became one of the most beloved saints of all time, and her influence will expand dramatically because of Pope John Paul II s declaration that she is a Doctor of the Church Amid growing interest in her writings comes the collected correspondence between her and a humble young seminarian, Maurice Belliere Though they never met in person, they exchanged twenty one letters that opened a window on the heart of Saint Therese that would have remained forever closed had Maurice not written to the Mother Superior at the convent asking for a nun to pray for him The Mother Superior chose Therese, and in these conversational letters the Little Flower reveals herself in a way that we would never have known from her autobiography In his accompanying text, Bishop Patrick Ahern expertly leads the reader into the worlds of Maurice and Therese and reveals the full beauty of this saint s spirituality.

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    1. I started this book off a bit too fast, and perhaps should've taken my time with it from the beginning. This book contains the short, but deep in love and faith, correspondence between St. Therese of Liseux and her spiritual brother Maurice (who would end up being a missionary priest to Africa). Just a few things about the book. The author provides some commentary after each letter, and I didn't find them all that insightful until towards the end of the book where we get much more information on [...]

    2. It started out strong. It was very interesting to learn about this connection between a nun and a priest who is yearning to become a missionary and a martyr. But at the end, it was a book of correspondence between a nun and a priest. I don't know what I was expecting, but I thought it would be more. Maybe I don't understand the significance of this book, this saint (Therese) because I'm not a Catholic and I have no idea who these people are.Would I read it again? Probably not. Would I recommend [...]

    3. In case you thought St. Thérèse was a pushover, her letters will prove you wrong. It's refreshing to see the real-life application of her Little Way in her spiritual sisterhood/mentorship of a troubled young seminarian. It would be easy to think her naïve because of her sheltered life, but she shows a patience and wisdom beyond her years. In the face of her brother's failings and doubts, she responds with tremendous empathy and trust in the mercy of God.

    4. I got this book after the bishop who wrote it preached a great homily at the seminary where I was teaching. It is a good read, particularly for devotees of Therese of Lisieux and for seminarians.

    5. An amazing little book, overflowing with piety and love for God and one another. The ending will move you to tears. It's not something you could expect.

    6. I have read St. Therese's Story of a Soul a few years ago and assumed that I knew more about this lovely saint than I needed to know. I was surprised to learn a great deal more through this read. It was a joy to see her conversation with someone not terribly unlike myself (a seminarian striving for holiness). I gained a great deal from this book spiritually.I think what I enjoyed the most about this book was the analysis that followed the words. Not only did it give me a chance to let her words [...]

    7. When I read this book, it was impossible not to imagine that St. Thérèse was writing to me. Revealed in her letters is a heart tenderly loving and so extraordinarily confident in God's mercy. It was reaffirming to read again by her hand another iteration of her "Little Way," this time in the voice of a sister sharing a treasure with a cherished brother. As I progressed through the book, I found myself empathising greatly with Maurice, the 'struggling young priest'. Many of his anxieties, doubt [...]

    8. I would give this book 10 stars if I could. The relationship that developed through letters between St Therese and Fr Maurice was amazing. He struggled like all of us do in the spiritual life and so did she.Yet they encouraged one another. Gives great insight too into Therese and helps us to see Mother Marie de Gonzagne in a different light as she encouraged the relationship despite the usual restrictions on cloistered nuns contact with outsiders. THIS BOOK IS A TREASURE!

    9. I find most spiritual commentary to be light to the point of insipidity, but this book had solid supplemental information taken from the lives of these two historic friends.I read the Story of a Soul and found it overly sweet and emotional, but this book explains the true genius of Therese's message.

    10. This was a great book. I love St. Therese! And the insight into her relationship with seminarian-priest Maurice is beautiful. I feel a kinship with this saint and appreciate the inheritance we have received from her writings.

    11. What a beautiful exchange of correspondence of Christ-like love between Therese and this struggling seminarian. It opens up to me Therese's simple love of Jesus as the foundation of who she is, how she ministers, how she prays, loves, and lives. I felt as if she was writing to me.

    12. This may be one of the most providential spiritual books I have ever read. It is a very easy read but you will want to stop, ponder and pray over the great depth contained in the letters between Maurice and St Therese.

    13. This is a compilation of letters written by St. Therese of Lisieux to a young missionary priest named Maurice. These letters are beautiful, and this is the first book that was recommended to me when I was thinking about seminary. It is absolutely amazing

    14. It is a beautiful collection of the letters from St. Therese and a seminarian who she didn't know at first. They became like brother and Sister. She helped Maurice through a difficult time while on her deathbed.

    15. Beautiful story. If you have even a vague interest in St. Therese -- read it. It's not your average saint book.

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