St. Thérèse unknowingly mastered phenomenology, which is the reason her simple childlike way is so compelling. She approaches us from the standpoint of experience and interpretive hermeneutics rather than academic deduction. The dry path of knowledge through rigorous analysis of medieval metaphysics, while necessary, does not readily connect with our lived experience. It confirms us… Continue reading St. Thérèse and Martin Heidegger
I would like to do a tribute to St. Thérèse of Lisieux on her birthday, January 2. I have been devoted to her for the past thirty-seven years. When I started attending classes for the Catholic Church, my epiphany confirming the truth of the Church's claims occurred on her Feast Day (new calendar), October 1,… Continue reading St. Thérèse – the greatest phenomenologist in the history of the Church
Previously, I wrote on the clear, deeply insightful structure of St. Thérèse's intellect. St. Joan of Arc, the other half of the dynamic celestial duo, requires her own commentary. As opposed to Thérèse who wrote memoirs and letters in her own hand, we have no account of Joan's thoughts as expressed through her own writing.… Continue reading St. Joan of Arc’s Intellect
Amongst all the attention I bring on St. Joan of Arc, I too seldom make mention of the other half of the dynamic duo, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Thérèse joined the Carmelite order at age 15 (younger than most). Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, written under obedience to her superior, became a spiritual… Continue reading St. Thérèse’s Intellect
Saint Joan and Saint Thérèse, together they are the most beautiful color in the heavens. This is a motto of mine that describes my feelings about both of these saints individually as well as in their blended spiritual kinship. I love and propagate devotion both to St. Joan and St. Thérèse as well as to… Continue reading Saint Joan and Saint Thérèse, together they are the most beautiful color in the heavens.
“St. Joan and St. Thérèse” together, in that very special kindred spirituality of theirs, have been defined by Our Lord and Our Lady as absolutely essential for me on my journey through the majestic, mystical world of the Catholic Church. St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux are to my own spirituality what… Continue reading St. Joan and St. Thérèse are to my own spirituality what wet is to water
Throughout this part, you will find poetic and essay type expressions describing how God has shown me that He loves me and how He has given me the grace to, in turn, fall in love with Him. His love to me has been expressed as a call to His Kingdom with a desire to seek others… Continue reading St. Joan and St. Thérèse – Testament for Love