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The Intimate Life of St. Therese: Portrayed by Those Who Knew Her
By: Fr. Albert H. Dolan, O.Carm
110 years ago, Carmelite Sister Therese of the Child Jesus left this world and passed unto her eternal reward Fr. Albert Dolanâ's unique collection of 8 monographs, originally printed under the title of Collected Little Flower Works, each of which deals with the temporal spiritual journey of our chosen vessel of grace, either as the saint saw herself in the eyes of God, or as she was intimately known by her parents, four sibling sisters, fellow religious, childhood friends and others whose lives she touched after her death.In order to compose his octave of devotion, Fr. Dolan traveled in 1924 to France: to Normandy's Alencon, where St. Therese was born, to her family home in Buissonnets, to the Carmel at Lisieux, and to other French towns. Then, he went to Rome, where he and Pope Pius XI had a mutually productive discussion of his apostolate to make the "Little Way" of the Little Flower better known in homes and monasteries in America. At the Carmelite convent he was blessed by priceless interviews with St. Therese's 3 sisters (who were nuns there), and one of her teachers. At Caen, he visited a fourth sister, who had joined the Visitation Order. in fact one-third of this book is dedicated to these precious recollections gathered from her living siblings, while one of the monographs (Book Five), is completely devoted to the Little Flower's saintly mother Zelie, who died when Therese was only 4 years old. First published in 1929, this book is beautifully hardbound in red cloth and embossed on the cover and spine, though you may never notice these features thanks to the elegant dust jacket that comes with the book, complete with one of the Little Flower's most famous portraits. Inside the book there are even more pictures to be found, some of which are not popularly known. Discover the Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux more intimately than you ever have before!