This past Saturday, October 1st, was the beautiful feast of St. Thérèse. I recently read her autobiography, The Story of a Soul (Paraclete Heritage Edition). This book is a treasure and it was a joy to read!
From the introduction by Robert J. Edmonson, translator and editor: “Just before St. Thérèse died, she told her sisters that she would spend her time in heaven doing good on earth and would send a shower of grace, what she called a ‘shower of roses’ to those on earth…”
I’ve known many (myself included) who have recited novenas to St. Thérèse and have had these prayers answered with roses.
St. Thérèse was only four years old when her mother died. She and her sisters were raised by their saintly father. Her sister, Pauline, was like a second mother to her. Thérèse was heartbroken when her sister, Pauline, entered the Carmelite convent. Thérèse entered the convent at the age of 14.
One of the most inspiring passages is from the chapter entitled “Profession to the Offering of Love,” in which St. Thérèse says, “I don’t desire suffering or death, either, and yet I love both of them. But it is love alone that draws me…for a long time, I desired them both. I possessed suffering and I thought I was touching the shores of heaven. I thought that the little flower would be gathered in its springtime…Now it’s abandonment alone that guides me – I have no other compass. I can ask for nothing fervently any more except the perfect accomplishment of God’s will in my soul.”
St. Thérèse has always been one of my favorite saints and this book illustrates why. She was a holy and virtuous young woman, but also very human. She was witty, charming and down to earth. I especially appreciated that these are St. Thérèse’s own words, in her unique voice and sometimes humorous expressions.
I highly recommend this beautiful book.
Thanks to Paraclete Press for the review copy.
Copyright 2011 Ellen Gable Hrkach