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Saint Therese Of Lisieux: Her Family - Her God - Her Message

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"The greatest saint of modern times" said Pope Pius X back in 1914, speaking of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. And, in 1997, Pope John Paul II declared Thérèse a Doctor of the Church, citing the timeliness of her doctrine and the wisdom and practicality with which she grasped the Gospel message.

Why all this acclaim for Thérèse, who was only a little middle-class girl from France at the end of the 19th century? The Centenary of her death, 1897-1997, was celebrated all over the globe. Why is Thérèse so universally loved, invoked and imitated by people from all walks of life in every country in the world?

Fr. Bernard Bro, director of the French publishing house, Éditions du Cerf, and a key figure in publishing the definitive editions of Thérèse's writings, decided to set forth those aspects of her life, personality, and writing that do indeed mark Thérèse of Lisieux as one of the truly great exponents of Catholic doctrine. What she offers in her life and in her writing, he claims, is "one of the most certain and simplest evangelical shortcuts ever proposed". What we find in her words is a "struggle between darkness and faith, humor and sadness, realism and pretense, maturity and childhood. The life, words, and texts of Thérèse are of an astonishing freshness, accuracy, immediacy, strength, and genius.

According to Bro, Thérèse does not flinch before the important questions everyone must face: Why death? How can we continue in hope when suffering and pain threaten to overwhelm us? How can we remain faithful-and joyful--when we are shaken by the circumstances of our life? And first of all, how are we to love? Thérèse answered these questions both by her life and through her writing. Illustrated with many photos.

Fr. Bernard Bro, Dominican and doctor of philosophy, has been a professor at the Pontifical Faculties of Saulchoir, preacher at Notre-Dame in Paris, and recognized by the Academie Francaise for the whole of his work. He is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the life and writings of St. Thérèse.


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St. Pius X

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/21


Patron Of: Pilgrims, First Communicants, Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia, Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana

Also known as
    Giuseppe Melchior Sarto
    Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto
    Giuseppe Sarto
    Joseph Sarto
    Pope of the Blessed Sacrament

Memorial
    21 August

Profile
    Son of Giambattista Sarto, a village cobbler, and Margherita Sanson. Lived an impoverished childhood as one of eight children. Baptized on 3 June 1835. Confirmed on 1 September 1848. Felt a calling to the priesthood from his youth. Studied at the seminary of Padua, and was known as an exceptional student. Ordained by Blessed Giovanni Antonio Farina on 18 September 1858. Chaplain at Tombolo from 1858 to 1867. Archpriest of Salzano from 1867 to 1875. Canon of the Treviso cathedral chapter in 1875. Rector of the Treviso seminary and its spiritual director for nine years. Primicerius of the cathedral in 1879. Chancellor of the diocese of Treviso. Vicar capitular from December 1879 to June 1880. Bishop of Mantua, Italy on 10 November 1884. Assistant at the Pontifical Throne on 19 June 1891. Created cardinal-priest of Saint Bernardo alle Terme on 12 June 1893. Patriarch of Venice on 15 June 1893. Chosen 257th pope, taking the name Pius X.

    Issued decrees on early (age 7 instead of 12 or 14 as previously) and frequent Communion. Destroyed the last vestiges of Jansenism by advocating frequent and even daily Communion. Reformed the liturgy, promoted clear and simple homilies, and brought Gregorian chant back to services. Revised the Breviary, and teaching of the Catechism. Fought Modernism, which he denounced as "the summation of all heresies". Reorganized the Roman curia, the administrative elements of the Church. Worked against the modern antagonism of the state against the Church. Initiated the codification of canon law. Promoting Bible reading by all the faithful. Supported foreign missions. His will read: "I was born poor; I lived poor; I wish to die poor."

Born
    2 June 1835 at Riese, diocese of Treviso, Venice, Austria (now Italy) as Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto

Papal Ascension
    elected 4 August 1903
    installed 9 August 1903

Died
    20 August 1914 at Vatican City from natural causes aggravated by worries over the beginning of World War I
    buried under the altar of the chapel of the Presentation, Saint Peter's basilica

Beatified
    3 June 1951

Canonized
    29 May 1954 by Pope Pius XII

Patronage
    Atlanta, Georgia, archdiocese of
    Des Moines, Iowa, diocese of
    first communicants
    Great Falls-Billings, Montana, diocese of
    Kottoyam, India, archdiocese of
    pilgrims
    Santa Lucija, Malta
    Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri, diocese of
    Zamboanga, Philippines, archdiocese of



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