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Therese of Lisieux: Brevity of Life, Glory of Heaven, Beauty of Suffering

The Brevity of Life, the Glory of Heaven, and the Beauty of Suffering

brevity of lifeHow can we find encouragement here on earth? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the brevity of life, the glory of heaven and the beauty of suffering through the perspective of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • St. Thérèse responds to her sister, Leonie, about the emotional difficulties accompanying the death of their father, Louis Martin.
  • This letter seems to take on a reversal of roles as St. Thérèse is being comforted by her sister instead of being the one to provide comfort to another.
  • Thérèse reflects on heaven and the brevity of life.
  • Thérèse chooses to see her life from the perspective of the Scriptures and from heaven.
  • Heaven is the greatest consolation.
  • Why does Thérèse thank God that He has found Leonie worthy to suffer for His love?
  • How does suffering make us like Jesus?


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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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