In Therese: The Saint Who Loved Us, Arthur Cavanaugh combines fascinating historical accounts with his own personal stories to show the enduring significance and influence that Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) has today. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II, Therese's journey toward love versus self-love, hope rather than despair, forgiveness instead of vengeance is beautifully conveyed here. This biography will help readers grasp the thought and culture, through which she produced one of the consummate treatises on the love of God. Cavanaugh sets the stage for an encounter with what is acknowledged by theologians as two of the most profound and stirring passages from her book The Story of a Soul. Combining probing historical analysis with stories of tremendous personal insight, this is a work of heartfelt intimacy and an inspiring portrait of the life of an extraordinary woman who continues to touch us today.
- Biography and history - Prayer, contemplative and devotional studies - Christian mystics The author reviews aspects of Therese's life according to the following categories: - Therese's family life and vocational calling - her writings and legacy - her theology