Monday 21 October 2019

The Little Way of St Therese of Lisieux: In Her Own Words

The Little Way of St Therese of Lisieux: In Her Own Words
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781860825804
eISBN 9781784692841
CTS Booklet D707

I really do love the CTS books and booklets ! There are so many great reads, and wonderful series. And this ‘Saints of the Isles’ is one of my favorite series to date. This is the eighth book in this series from the Catholic Truth Society that I have read. And I loved it. I have read almost 100 books and booklets from the Catholic Truth Society in the last year and a half. Many have been great reads, and I have read books from several excellent series. I love this series that focuses on the Saints of the Isles. This volume was first published in 1932, it was reprinted in 2009, and the eBook edition was released in 2017.

This volume is not the complete little way, it is a selection of extracts. They are designed to serve as a guide as sign-ports for the Little Way and for those who follow it. These are also taken from the English translation of the Saint’s autobiography and are not new translations for this edition.

The chapters in this volume are:

Understanding Thérèse
Secret of Sanctity
Spiritual Childhood
The Night of the Soul
Some Prayers of St Thérèse

In the section Understanding Therese Pope Pius XI states:

“We desire earnestly that all the faithful of Christ should render themselves worthy of partaking in the abundant profusion of graces resulting from the intercession of “little Thérèse”. But we desire much more earnestly that all the faithful should study her in order to copy her becoming children themselves, since otherwise they cannot, according to the oracle of the Master, arrive at the Kingdom of Heaven.

If the way of spiritual childhood became general, who does not see how easily would be realised the reformation of human society... We, therefore, adopt as our own the prayer of the new Saint Thérèse with which she ends her invaluable autobiography: “O Jesus, We beseech thee to cast thy glance upon the vast number of little souls, and to choose in this world a legion of little victims worthy of thy love.” Amen.’”

This book is a fantastic introduction to the way. It is a great little volume. If you have read the full version, it will serve as a refresher. If you have not it is a great place to start. Another excellent volume from the Catholic Truth Society.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

CTS Books and Booklets n the life and spirituality of St Thérèse:
Thérèse of Lisieux - On the visit of her relics to Great Britain (Do 810)
Thérèse, teacher of Prayer, by Bro Craig (D 693)
Thérèse of Lisieux, a biography, by Vernon Johnson (B 204)
The Little Way of Thérèse, In her own Words (D 707)
Louis and Zélie Martin, Parents of Thérèse of Lisieux, by Paulinus Redmond (B 709)
Lisieux: A Pilgrim's Companion - David Baldwin - CTS Christian Shrines (D 706)
The Prayer of St Thérèse of Lisieux by Vernon Johnson (CL23)

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