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Story of a Soul
The Autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
by: St. Thérèse of Lisieux

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Author: St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Translator: John Clarke, O.C.D
ISBN: 9781943243914
Binding: Hardcover
Page Count: 310
Publisher: Word on Fire Classics
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Language: English
Release Date: 2022-10-01

Bishop Barron on the Little Flower


From the CATHOLICISM Series

About the Book


The so-called “Little Flower” was a little-known, cloistered Carmelite nun who died at a young age; and yet, within a few years of her death, Thérèse of Lisieux had a worldwide reputation. She is now a Doctor of the Church, and her small autobiography is considered a spiritual classic. What was it that made this little flower so great?  

 

In this new addition to the Word on Fire Classics collection, get to know the saint who Bishop Barron says “has been a personal friend for a long time” and who has touched the hearts of millions with her simple but profound realization: “My vocation is love!” In her autobiographical Story of a Soul, Thérèse walks readers through her devout family life, her ever-deepening personal conversion, and her years of trial and suffering. A true “doctor of grace,” she illuminates the “little way” to sainthood: childlike simplicity before God the Father and a willingness to do small things with great love.

Read the Foreword

by Bishop Robert Barron


Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic faith. On July 21, 2015, Pope Francis announced his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and on June 2, 2022, he appointed Bishop Barron the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester (Minnesota). Ordained in 1986 in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Bishop Barron received a master’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1982 and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992.

Table of Contents


FOREWORD - by Bishop Robert Barron

INTRODUCTION - by John Clarke, O.C.D

PROLOGUE - 1

THÉRÈSE’S FAMILY AND COUSINS - 9

MANUSCRIPT A - 11

CHAPTER I

ALENÇON (1873–1877) - 13

The Mercies of the Lord

Surrounded by Love

The Trip to Le Mans

Her Character

“I Choose All!”

CHAPTER II

LES BUISSONNETS (1877–1881) - 33

Her Mother’s Death

Lisieux

Her Father’s Tenderness

First Confession

Feasts and Sundays with the Family

Prophetic Vision

Trouville

CHAPTER III

THE DISTRESSING YEARS (1881–1883) - 53

Pupil at the Abbey

Holidays

Céline’s First Communion

Pauline at Carmel

Strange Sickness

The Blessed Virgin’s Smile

CHAPTER IV

FIRST COMMUNION, BOARDING SCHOOL (1883–1886) - 71

Pictures and Reading

First Communion

Confirmation

Malady of Scruples

Madame Papinau

Child of Mary

New Separations

CHAPTER V

AFTER THE GRACE OF CHRISTMAS (1886–1887) - 97

The Blood of Jesus

Pranzini, Her First Child

The Imitation of Christ and Abbé Arminjon

Her Desire to Enter Carmel

She Confides in Her Father

Uncle’s Change of Heart

The Superior’s Opposition

The Visit to Bayeux

CHAPTER VI

THE TRIP TO ROME (1887) - 121

Paris: Notre-Dame des Victoires

Switzerland

Milan, Venice, Bologna, Loreto

The Colosseum

Audience with Leo XIII

Naples, Assisi, Return to France

Three Months of Waiting

CHAPTER VII

THE FIRST YEARS IN CARMEL (1888–1890) - 147

Confession to Father Pichon

Thérèse and Her Superiors

The Holy Face

Reception of the Habit

Illness of Her Father

Little Virtues

CHAPTER VIII

PROFESSION AND OFFERING TO MERCIFUL LOVE (1890–1895) - 163

Reception of the Veil

Mother Geneviève and Thérèse

Influenza Epidemic

Retreat of Father Alexis

Mother Agnes as Prioress

Papa’s Death

Céline’s Entrance into Carmel

End of Manuscript A

MANUSCRIPT B - 183

CHAPTER IX

MY VOCATION IS LOVE (1896) - 185

The Secrets of Jesus

Venerable Mother Anne of Jesus

All Vocations

Strewing Flowers

The Little Bird

The Divine Eagle

End of Manuscript B

MANUSCRIPT C - 201

CHAPTER X

THE TRIAL OF FAITH (1896–1897) - 203

Thérèse and Her Prioress

The Divine Elevator

The First Hemoptysis

The Table of Sinners

The Call to the Foreign Missions

What Is Charity?

CHAPTER XI

THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE GIVEN ME (1896–1897) - 231

Novices and Spiritual Brothers

God’s Instruments

The Little Brush

The Power of Prayer and Sacrifice

Sister St. Pierre

Two Missionaries

“Draw Me, We Shall Run”

End of Manuscript C

EPILOGUE - 261

APPENDICES - 275

LETTER THÉRÈSE CARRIED ON HER HEART - 277

ACT OF OBLATION TO MERCIFUL LOVE - 278

THÉRÈSE’S EXPLANATION OF HER COAT OF ARMS - 283