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June 28, 2016

Book: The Way of Trust and Love: A Retreat Guided by St. Therese of Lisieux
Author: Fr. Jacques Philippe
Scepter Publishers. New Rochelle, NY. 2012. Pp. 140

An Excerpt from the Jacket:

St. Therese of Lisieux sought a new way to Heaven: "a little way that is quite straight, quite short: a completely new little way." Blessed with personal limitations that might have discouraged another, Therese believed God would not have given her a desire for holiness if He did not intend for her to achieve it, she learned to humbly accept herself as she was and trust completely in God's love.

First given as a retreat by the renowned author Father Jacques Philippe, The Way of Trust and Love navigates excerpts of St. Therese's writings phrase by phrase, extracting powerful, resonating insights. To Therese, the journey seemed "little" as she traveled it. A hundred and fifteen years after her death, the message of the young saint and Doctor of the Church has traveled around the world inspiring millions. With this newly translated study of her spirituality, many today will rediscover --- or find for the first time --- the relevance of "the little way," in all seasons of life.

An Excerpt from the Book:

The way Therese proposes is new on several counts.

In the first place, quite simply, she rediscovered the Gospel in its freshness and originality: the Gospel is always new. It is always good news, a new light. We get shut up inside our habits, routines, mistrustfulness, mediocre aims, and lukewarmness: in the face of all that, the Gospel is always a new world.

Several of the psalms begin with these words: "Sing to the Lord a new song." That is surprising, because we repeat the same psalms, say these same words again and again. But sung with love, the song really is new, because love makes everything new all the time. Love never tires.

Table of Contents:

1. A completely new way

2. An elevator for small children

3. Being reconciled to our weakness

4. Trusting more and more

5. God's infinite mercy

6. Enduring trials