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From her early years, Thérèse of Lisieux desired to be a saint, so the primary focus of her life was to walk the path of love—what she called "the science of love." But she often asked herself if her love was pure and authentic. With sensitivity and insight, author Joseph Schmidt shows us how Thérèse discovered certain qualities of the heart that told her that she was indeed walking the path of authentic love. These qualities—inner freedom, creativity, compassion, willingness, self-surrender or abandonment, and gratefulness—"opened her heart to a new depth of God's life in and through her." Eventually, they played a very practical role in Thérèse's ordinary day-to-day life relationships—and they can in our own as well.
As he did in his earlier book on Thérèse, Everything Is Grace
, Joseph Schmidt breaks new ground in his latest book and offers tremendous food for thought and reflection on the spirituality of this great saint.
• Offers a concrete way to follow Thérèse's path to God.
• A "must read" for those interested in the spirituality of Thérèse. Click here to read a review of this book.
Praise for Walking the Little Way of Thérèse of Lisieux
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"“To read this work is like taking a leisurely walk with a friend on a path to a place of peace and joy. Walking the Little Way of Thérèse of Lisieux
is best read slowly because you eventually discover that you are lingering and delighting in the company of Jesus. St. Thérèse's 'little way' is so uncomplicated and her humility is so attractive." —Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa
"Walking the Little Way of Thérèse of Lisieux
is an insightful and incisive study into a great, great saint. Br. Joseph looks at Thérèse in a new and profound way, probing her mind and heart more deeply than any other author that I've ever come across. This book will speak to our modern age and give great courage and encouragement to many. I wholeheartedly endorse it.” —Most Rev. Harry J. Flynn, Archbishop Emeritus, St. Paul/Minneapolis
"Pray this book, and please don’t rush it. Or maybe it’s better to say, live it—as a contemporary, deeply penetrating reflection on the doctrine of our newest Doctor of the Church, one of God's incredible surprises.” —Sr. Miriam Pollard, OCSO, Prioress, Santa Rita Abbey, Sonoita, Arizona
"Don't miss this invitation to embark on a fascinating journey with Thérèse herself as a guide, interpreted through the lens of one of the best current English-language commentators on Thérèse's thoughts and spirituality." —Fr. Eamonn Mulcahy, CSSP, STD, Tangaza College, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
"As in his previous writings, and especially in his biography of Thérèse, Everything Is Grace
, Joseph Schmidt brings a freshness and heartfelt way of easily identifying with Thérèse." —Fr. Bob Colaresi, O Carm, Society of the Little Flower, Darien, Illinois