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Discover the burning secrets of St. TherÃ¨se's soul: Scores of books have been written about St. TherÃ¨se of Lisieux, but this is the first aimed at those persons, Catholic or not, who resist her, put off by all those roses and crudely painted plastic statues . . . and even by her virtues. (Not long before she died, TherÃ¨se's confessor assured her she hadÂ never committed a mortal sin!)
Author Henri Gheon was once among those put off by TherÃ¨se's sweet reputation and by the tinseled, sugary devotions to this "little saint." Then he discovered how many good Catholics, at home in such simple devotions, were soon freed, without even realizing it, from the pretty-pretties that led them on, finding the real TherÃ¨se beneath the sugar roses and puffy clouds, behind the platitudes and pet-names that took all the salt out of her heroic story.
They discovered â€” as will readers of these remarkable pages â€” the real TherÃ¨se of Lisieux, an intense soul living a life of heroic grandeur amidst dull and all-too-worldly associates, a soul driven by a burning love of God even as she wrestled privately with great physical and emotional pain.
That, shows Gheon, is what lay behind her smile. That's why she was canonized. And that's why TherÃ¨se is the saint most fitted for our da(more...)