Reflections on St. Therese

Fr. John Russell, O. Carm. states that St. Therese's message is important to us today because, "Quite simply, her story reveals the truth of the gospel message of love."

Fr. John’s scholarly work on St. Therese of Lisieux and her spirituality are well known. He was a popular retreat leader and speaker on the life and mission of St. Therese.

Below are some articles he wrote on her. Take time to be enlightened and enriched by St. Therese through Fr. John's spiritual thoughts and writings on the Little Flower

A Woman Born to Love


Her sense of commitment led her to a profound experience of the love of God and of neighbor. She never had an easy life, but she did live with a great sense of peace and joy. What made such joy possible? 

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St. Therese and Her Little Way


St. Therese translated "the little way" in terms of a commitment to the tasks and to the people we meet in our everyday lives. She took her assignments in the convent of Lisieux as ways of manifesting her love for God and for others.

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St. Therese and Love


St. Therese believed that Jesus was with her and loved her from her childhood. She learned of Jesus Christ from the stories read to her and from her own familiarity with scripture as she grew up. 

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St. Therese and Family Life


Nineteenth century France is not an answer to today's issues. Yet the Martin family does provide a scenario of life-giving relationships that suggests some alternative living. St. Therese inherited a family environment marked by an identity, a sense of direction, and a way of life. 

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St. Therese and Prayer


Prayer, for St. Therese, was a way of walking with God. Whether it was a period of meditative prayer, communal prayer in the chapel with the other nuns in the community or the aspirative prayer of lifting her heart to God in short prayers of intercession or praise, she realized that God was with her. 

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St. Therese on Suffering


In suffering Therese always united her heart to Jesus Christ. She believed that even suffering, however difficult, had a place in Gods redemptive love for us. She was convinced that our suffering, in union with the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, could help to transform the world. 

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St. Therese and Spiritual Childhood


 St. Therese's personal experience led her to recognise that God was at the centre of her existence as Love. In view of the immensity of the world and the complexities of life she saw herself as 'a child,' 'a grain of sand,' 'little' but energised by a God who directed her journey in faith.