ST. THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX’S CHRISTMAS EVE CONVERSION

Thérèse of Lisieux, as you may know, is one of only three women to have been made a Doctor of the Church. Her mother died when Thérèse was 4. One by one, her four older sisters left for the cloister. She became emotionally clingy. A key moment in her spiritual development occurred on Christmas eve […]

JUST SAY YES TO NO!: THE SPIRITUALITY OF IMPERFECTION

I’ve been pondering a quote about St. Thérèse of Lisieux from Ida Friederike Görres biography, The Hidden Face: “[S]he rejected all ascetic efforts which were directed not towards God but toward one’s own perfection.” I, for one, have a way of trying to be perfectly accommodating, perfectly forgiving, perfectly available, perfectly responsive which is somehow not […]