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Introduction to St. Therese of Lisieux

January 11, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Kristin Aebli

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Introduction to St. Therese of Lisieux “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux St. Thérèse was born in France on January 2, 1873. She was raised in a family of great faith, and when Thérèse was nine years old, her older sister, Pauline, entered the... Read More

Love One Another: Retreat Guide on St. Therese’s Little Way of Charity

Love One Another: on St. Therese's Little Way of Charity Written by Fr. John Pietropaoli, LC and presented by Fr. John Bartunek, LC, ThD   Christ’s great commandment is that we love one another as he has loved us. Inasmuch as we live that out, we are Christians in name and in fact. But we encounter an obstacle: our own weakness and sinfulness. Luckily, God has given us the saints, friends... Read More

The Power of Intercessory Prayer and the Mercy of Our Lord

Description: How should we treat those souls who have fallen away from the Faith? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the power of intercessory prayer and the mercy of our Lord. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse urges her sister to pray for a man who has left the Church in a scandalous way. Who is this person and why is St. Thérèse... Read More

A Desert and an Exile

Description: Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss how this life can feel like both a desert and an exile at times and how God gives us the strength to persevere through difficulty. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse has a self-giving way of loving God. She desires no consolations or perceptible love in return, only “a love felt by Jesus”. Is it wrong... Read More

Transitioning to a Deeper Union with God

Description: What happens to a holy soul during the “dark night”? Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles explore the meaning of the “dark night of the soul” and St. Thérèse's experience transitioning to a deeper union with God.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How is St. Thérèse's description of “the dark night of the soul” similar to that of... Read More

St. Therese of Lisieux Keeping Her Eyes Fixed on Jesus

Description: How does St. Thérèse of Lisieux remain so spiritually motivated all of the time? This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles focus on one of the secrets to St. Thérèse's spiritual success: keeping her eyes fixed on Jesus.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How does St. Thérèse overcome moments of weakness in her spiritual life? We must not always try to conquer our weaknesses,... Read More

St. Therese’s Journey Through the Dark Night of the Soul

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss St. Thérèse's journey through the dark night of the soul and the intense suffering that it caused her.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does St. Thérèse refer to herself as “a grain of sand”? The writings of St. Thérèse reflect those of St. John of the Cross: we must study the life of Jesus and imitate... Read More

The Truth Behind Scrupulosity

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles unmask the truth behind scrupulosity through the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse's cousin, Marie, is plagued by scrupulosity and will not receive the Eucharist. What is scrupulosity? Has St. Thérèse ever experienced this problem in her own spiritual life? At what point does scrupulosity... Read More

What’s Needed to Fulfill the Will of God

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles contemplate St. Thérèse's understanding of the brevity of life and what is necessary to fulfill the will of God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Thérèse mean when she says, “…life is a moment between two eternities”? How are there two eternities? How do we live life in the best way possible in... Read More

The Love God Has For Us in Every Circumstance

Description: This week Dan, Melissa, and Dr. Anthony Lilles make known the love that God has for us through every circumstance, and the hope we can garner during our trials through His eternal love.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse offers great consolation and encouragement to her sister, Celine, as she faces criticism and disapproval from others for desiring to enter Carmel while... Read More

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