St. Therese of Lisieux is a Spiritual Powerhouse, by Constance T. Hull

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By Constance T. Hull, Catholic Exchange, October 1, 2020

There are many Catholics who struggle with St. Therese of Lisieux. They read her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, and cannot get through the “flowery” language or style, which was prevalent at the time. She is often reduced to being “overly nice”, “sentimental”, or a “sweet girl”, which—whether intended or not—is a superficial understanding of her life and does an incredible injustice to this Doctor of the Church.

St. Therese of Lisieux is a woman of profound depth who suffered tremendously for the salvation of others.

St. Therese’s teachings on the Little Way is meant to help souls reach eternal life through small sacrifices each day for love of God and love of others. This path is in contrast to those giant souls who are called by God to heroic deeds or grand missions. This does not mean, however, that the Little Way is easy. Far from it. It is a path paved with suffering.  …

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