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Tion first published in 1975 is now accepted as the standard throughout the English speaking world. Until reading this book all I d ever known of St Th r se was roses I knew that she was associated with flowers was known as the little flower and was often depicted with a crown or an armful of roses I d heard her great promises to send down blessings like a shower of roses after death From all this I guess I d drawn up an image of a soft sweet saint permanently transported by her love for Christ How wrong I wasHer turn of phrase may be a little uaint or cutesie at times although it s hard to know how much of that was the translator I was reading an older translation from the 50s by Ronald Knox but Th r se was a woman of pure iron always willing and in fact eager for any kind of suffering She was anything but saccharine she was practical thoughtful and deeply canny She figured out the trick to sainthood if there can be such a thing to offer every ordinary everyday circumstance of her life to God Nothing was too small for her to hand over to Him The other great surprise was that she was so like me Not in virtue of course but in her experience of faith How heartening to discover that such a great saint had such the exact same difficulties I ve had Th r se felt empty in prayer Th r se struggled to say the rosary with proper devotion Th r se found the people around her incredibly annoying Th r se doubted the existence of heaven so much that the thought of it became torture to her And it never stopped her she didn t fall into the trap of feeling unworthy and falling away from prayer because of her shortcomings Instead she recognised them as an opportunity to rely heavily on God What absolute spiritual genius Although I m sure she would say that the genius was that of the Holy Spirit I feel bad for battering my mother s copy of this book by having it in my bag constantly for the last month I m definitely going to have to get my own because I m going to need to reread it

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L'histoire d'une âme

This book first published in 1898 in a highly edited version uickly became a modern spiritual clas. Well this book has been such an emotional experience for me I guess I have now come full circle from my early childhood version of God magical nice fatherly fellow who granted wishes and protection from evil to my early adulthood and also completely wrong notion of God angry father who didn t love me but seemed to reward evildoers to my later notion of their not being a God at all That was the only way I could explain the horrors of the modern world the evils I learned of on the nightly news that broke my heart and cost me my faith How surprising to learn that this great saint had the same low spots as me the same doubts She pulled thru and so have I It s a shame that it s mostly just catholics who read of the lives of saints We can learn so much by being open to others experiences I am also pleased to read in this autobio that so much of the methods I learned from the Buddha were helpful to her too The most important one being Do not dwell in the past Do not worry about the future Concentrate the mind on the present moment the version I read was a freebie from for Kindle that didn t say so but also contained many of her letters prayers and poems What a treasure

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Sic read by millions and translated into over fifty five languages John Clarke's acclaimed transla. I am torn in my reaction to this book With all of our knowledge of psychiatric illnesses today we would probably medicate Therese and send her to therapy due to her hallucinations visions and at least from the tone of Manuscript A her self absorption I only became interested in the book and St Therese when I started reading Manuscript B which is almost 23 of the way through the book Manuscript C and the Epilogue were the sections that really moved me and brought home the true scope of her devotion and inner strength I should probably have cut her slack in that she was only 25 years old when she died I can t imagine a 25 year old these days with the same level of piety and grace under the extreme pain and discomfort that accompanied her final monthsBy all means read this book but be prepared to see what at first blush seems to be a self absorbed brat turn into a devote and beautiful person


10 thoughts on “L'histoire d'une âme

  1. says:

    I can't remember the first time I read this but I think it was in high school Dear St Thérèse was my Confirmation saint so I wanted to read her autobiography I remember being blown away by her simple and yet powe

  2. says:

    Well this book has been such an emotional experience for me I guess I have now come full circle from my early childhood version of God magical nice fatherly fellow who granted wishes and protection from evil to

  3. says:

    I have always heard of her and didn't know what to make of her I read uotes here and there and didn't catch my attention much Since I have begun reading her autobiography I have been completely absorbed and taken by every words she writes an

  4. says:

    I am torn in my reaction to this book With all of our knowledge of psychiatric illnesses today we would probably medicate Therese and send her to therapy due to her hallucinations visions and at least from the tone of Manuscript A her self absorption I only became interested in the book and St Therese when I started reading Manuscript B which is almost 23 of the way through the book Manuscript C and the Epil

  5. says:

    A fascinating book written by St Therese herself Not for everyone but a most interesting book

  6. says:

    A sweet story I didn't like the book as well as I thought I would though I think I just can't relate to someone as doted on as Therese was I kept thinking what a wuss she was and then feeling bad that I thought such a thing about someone who became a saint I'll admit that in the end she was not a wuss at all The best thing I got

  7. says:

    Reason for Reading Our church has been run by the Carmelites for over 100 years Our priests are Carmelites and we have a statutory of St Therese in the building I was much intrigued about her little way' and after watching the recent 2004 movie about her life was ready to read her autobiographyIn truth the book

  8. says:

    Until reading this book all I’d ever known of St Thérèse was roses I knew that she was associated with flowers was known as ‘the little flower’ and was often depicted with a crown or an armful of roses I’d heard her great promises

  9. says:

    This book itself is amazingThe translation of this book is prettywell I found places where it was off On page 220221 the translator has no clue what she means by the Church Militant the Church Suffering and the Church Triumphant so he helpfully adds in brackets what he thinks she means Except he's wrong Yes the Church Triumphant means Heaven But the translator edits in that the Church Suffering is the Christians who are still ali

  10. says:

    Began reading this book a little begrudgingly as St Therese of Lisieux just never really appealed to me My opinion was that she was spoiled and had an easy life so what would she have to offer me?Well this is one of my favorite books The first