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I Believe In Love - A Personal Retreat Based On The Teaching Of St. Therese Of Lisieux

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The key to happiness from one who found it in joyful abundance: St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

This spiritual classic has long been beloved by Catholics for its wondrous distillation of the teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux into a reader-friendly set of meditations. It’s perfect as a personal retreat when you have only a few moments to spare each day — and for spiritual reading anytime and anywhere.

Fr. Jean C. J. d’Elbée, a French priest deeply imbued with St. Thérèse’s spirit, brings you St. Thérèse’s teachings on God’s love and the confidence in Him that it should inspire in your soul; humility, peace, and fraternal charity; the apostolate; the Cross; and what it means truly to abandon yourself to Divine Providence. I Believe in Love has helped countless souls embark on the way to the Father. It will help you focus on Him throughout each day, rest in Him amid your troubles, and live joyfully with Him at every moment!

You'll learn:

  • How you can (and must) have confidence in God, not in spite of your sufferings, but because of them!
  • The secret that makes sense of the pain and trouble in your life — no matter how great
  • One thing you must cherish in your soul, or you’ll never learn to love as Jesus loves
  • God’s love for you personally: are you really aware of its reality in every moment of your life? How you can see it at work
  • The spiritual goldmine that is at your fingertips now — if you know where to find it
  • What you must do before you speak about the Faith, or your words will be useless
  • Crosses: why you can’t avoid them — and why you should love the ones God sends you
  • How to deal with failures, reversals, and difficult moments of all kinds — without losing your spiritual or emotional equilibrium
  • The Fall of Adam and Eve: how even it shows God’s abiding love for every soul
  • The sin that destroys countless souls — since few know how to recognize and fight it
  • Do you wish you had the love of God that the saints have — but are discouraged by your weaknesses? Why you should take heart
  • Are you drawing on all the treasures of the Eucharist and the saints? How you can be sure
  • The comforting reason why our Lord at times chooses not to deliver you from trials
  • Much more that will show you how to live in the glorious love of God at each moment!

“A Theresian classic that profoundly and beautifully reveals God’s deep personal love for each of us and correspondingly awakens in us a burning love for Him. If you want to grow in love of God, this book is a must.” 
Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
Spiritual Passages

“With felicity and wisdom, this retreat introduces St. Thérèse free of sentimentalism and obscurantism.” 
Fr. George W. Rutler 
A Crisis of Saints

“Whoever reads this book attentively and prayerfully will grow in the love of God and even desire to be a saint.” 
Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.
Homiletic and Pastoral Review

“Devotees of St. Thérèse will be delighted with this book, but there is something in it for all who seek holiness, the perfection of love.”
Fr. Kilian Healy, O.Carm. 
Awakening Your Soul to the Presence of God

“Fr. d’Elbée’s retreat, based on St. Thérèse’s ‘little way,’ draws us into the immensity of that ‘little way.’ Sophia Institute Press has done us all a great service in bringing this work back into print.” 
Thomas Howard 
Splendor in the Ordinary


“May this ‘personal retreat’ based on the teachings of the little nun of Lisieux be for those who use it an occasion of grace not only to enlighten their minds, but to elevate their souls to approach the sublime destiny that the ‘little way’ shows to all.” 
Most Rev. Fabian Bruskewitz 
Bishop of Lincoln

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St. Therese Of Lisieux

St. Therese Of Lisieux Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/01
Tridentine Calendar - 10/03

Patron Of: African Missions, AIDS Sufferers, Air Crews, Aircraft Pilots, Aviators, Florists, Flower Growers, France, Illness, Loss of Parents, Missionaries, Missions, Domestic, Tuberculosis

Also known as
Teresa of the Infant Jesus; Therese of the Child Jesus; the Little Flower; the Little Flower of Jesus

    Born to a middle-class French family. Her father, Louis, was a watchmaker, her mother, who died of cancer when Therese was 4, was a lace maker, and both have been declared Venerable by the Church. Cured from an illness at age eight when a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled at her. Carmelite nun at age 15. Defined her path to God and holiness as "The Little Way," which consisted of love and trust in God. At the direction of her spiritual director, and against her wishes, she dictated her famed autobiography Story of a Soul. Many miracles attributed to her. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

    "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." - Saint Therese of Lisieux

    2 January 1873 at Alcon, Normandy, France

    7pm Thursday 30 September 1897 at Lisieux, France of tuberculosis

    14 August 1921 by Pope Benedict XV

    29 April 1923 by Pope Pius XI

    17 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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