Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope recommends 'little way' of St. Therese

Catholic World News - April 06, 2011

At his weekly public audience on April 6, Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of talks on the Doctors of the Church, speaking about the enormous influence of St. Therese of Lisieux (1873- 1897).

Although she lived only 24 years, “a very simple and hidden life,” St. Therese became one of the most beloved saints of the Catholic Church because of her writings, with “illuminated all the Church with her profound spiritual doctrine,” the Pope said. In proclaiming her a Doctor of the Church, in 1997, Pope John Paul II referred to St. Therese as “an expert in the science of love.”

The key to the spirituality of St. Therese, the Pope told the crowd of 10,000 in St. Peter’s Square, was “living the greatest love in the littlest things of daily life.” Her love of God, Pope Benedict said, was constant and strong, “like the continued breathing of the soul.” And her last words—“My Lord, I love you!”—expressed the fundamental reality that is “at the center of all her writings.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($33,441 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,559.25
96% 4%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Apr. 06, 2011 7:26 PM ET USA

    She is a saint we can all seek to learn from...most of us live little lives which can be beautifully devoted to God.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Liberal visions of Catholicism: Kickstarter and the world's largest NGO 6 hours ago
The Blessed Book of Beasts August 30
Weekend reading August 29
Frustrating the Moral Law August 29
Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam August 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8