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of Lisieux lived on this earth but a short time; she was only
twenty-four years old when she died. She never directly ministered to
those who had abandoned all belief in God. She never worked in
foreign missions to spread the faith. She simply joined the cloister
of Carmel at the age of fifteen, lived as a prayerful Carmelite, and
died of tuberculosis nine years later. Her life and simplicity,
however, has inspired people of many nations and creeds, opening to
them a pathway of hope and of union with God. Therese's life
testifies that holiness doesn't require harrowing deeds or huge
sacrifices. One does not need to be a missionary, a person of great
achievements, or a prominent theologian. Rather, the little "yesses"
of everyday life, when done with a trusting heart eager to please the
Lord, are a sure path toward holiness. Saint Therese's "little
way" shows us how to go to God with love and confidence, no
matter what our vocation. In her daily surrender to all that
Providence placed before her, Therese of Lisieux lived out the divine
plan. Walk along with one of the most beloved saints in history and
see how her "little way" will help you draw closer to God.
About the Author: Sister Susan Helen Wallace, FSP, (1940-2013) held a
B.A. in Catechetics from Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio; an
M.A. in Catholic Doctrine from St. John's University, Queens, N.Y.;
and an M.S. in journalism from Boston University. She wrote several
children's biographies, which are part of the Encounter the Saints
series. She also wrote a number of books for adults, including Basic
Catechism, which she co-authored with Sr. Mary Lea Hill, FSP. Sr.
Susan Helen was a part of the staff at the Pauline Books & Media
Center in Dedham, Massachusetts.