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Maurice and therese


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Maria rated it really liked it

I started this book off a bit too fast, and perhaps should've taken my time with it from the beginning. This book contains the short, but deep in love and faith, correspondence between St. Therese of Liseux and her spiritual brother Maurice (who would end up being a missionary priest to Africa). Just a few things about the book. The author provides some commentary after each letter, and I didn't find them all that insightful until towards the end of the book where we get much more information on I started this book off a bit too fast, and perhaps should've taken my time with it from the beginning. This book contains the short, but deep in love and faith, correspondence between St. Therese of Liseux and her spiritual brother Maurice (who would end up being a missionary priest to Africa). Just a few things about the book. The author provides some commentary after each letter, and I didn't find them all that insightful until towards the end of the book where we get much more information on Maurice (but I have also read St. Therese's autobiography, so perhaps that's why). One thing that I really loved about their correspondence was that Maurice was a very average person. I think a lot of times people elevate priests/pastors, and while I know that they are as human as anyone else, it was refreshing to see just how much and how Maurice struggled with his vocation, with his past, with everything in a very normal, and sometimes resistant, way. It was nice to see this side of St. Therese and her teaching the Little Way to a normal person, and in that way it became more accessible to me. However, one of my favorite parts from her letters was not specifically on her Little Way, but rather on some insight (and encouragement to Maurice) on the saints in heaven, how, instead of being horrified by our lack of holiness, they have "great compassion for our miseries. They remember that they were weak and mortal like us, they committed the same faults themselves and went through the same struggles, and their fraternal tenderness becomes still greater than it ever was on earth. It's on account of this that they never stop watching over us and praying for us." ...more

Jennifer Kim

Jennifer Kim rated it liked it

It started out strong. It was very interesting to learn about this connection between a nun and a priest who is yearning to become a missionary and a martyr. But at the end, it was a book of correspondence between a nun and a priest. I don't know what I was expecting, but I thought it would be more.... Maybe I don't understand the significance of this book, this saint (Therese) because I'm not a Catholic and I have no idea who these people are.

Would I read it again? Probably not.
Would I recomme It started out strong. It was very interesting to learn about this connection between a nun and a priest who is yearning to become a missionary and a martyr. But at the end, it was a book of correspondence between a nun and a priest. I don't know what I was expecting, but I thought it would be more.... Maybe I don't understand the significance of this book, this saint (Therese) because I'm not a Catholic and I have no idea who these people are.

Would I read it again? Probably not.
Would I recommend it? Only to my religious friends.
Did I think it was a waste of time? Definitely not. I'm glad that I read it. ...more

Ann Yeong

Ann Yeong rated it it was amazing

When I read this book, it was impossible not to imagine that St. Thérèse was writing to me. Revealed in her letters is a heart tenderly loving and so extraordinarily confident in God's mercy. It was reaffirming to read again by her hand another iteration of her "Little Way," this time in the voice of a sister sharing a treasure with a cherished brother.

As I progressed through the book, I found myself empathising greatly with Maurice, the 'struggling young priest'. Many of his anxieties, doubts When I read this book, it was impossible not to imagine that St. Thérèse was writing to me. Revealed in her letters is a heart tenderly loving and so extraordinarily confident in God's mercy. It was reaffirming to read again by her hand another iteration of her "Little Way," this time in the voice of a sister sharing a treasure with a cherished brother.

As I progressed through the book, I found myself empathising greatly with Maurice, the 'struggling young priest'. Many of his anxieties, doubts and concerns are familiar, and his sincerity and desire to become a saint in spite of all his faults is endearing. St. Thérèse's tender, sensitive, and wise counsel to him is a great encouragement to read.

Fr Patrick Ahern's commentary deftly threads these letters together and fills the reader in with dates and contexts about the lives of both letter writers and is a very helpful addition to appreciating the correspondence. This book was a wonderful find! ...more

Matthew Green

I got this book after the bishop who wrote it preached a great homily at the seminary where I was teaching. It is a good read, particularly for devotees of Therese of Lisieux and for seminarians.

Daniel Carr
I have read St. Therese's Story of a Soul a few years ago and assumed that I knew more about this lovely saint than I needed to know. I was surprised to learn a great deal more through this read. It was a joy to see her conversation with someone not terribly unlike myself (a seminarian striving for holiness). I gained a great deal from this book spiritually.

I think what I enjoyed the most about this book was the analysis that followed the words. Not only did it give me a chance to let her words I have read St. Therese's Story of a Soul a few years ago and assumed that I knew more about this lovely saint than I needed to know. I was surprised to learn a great deal more through this read. It was a joy to see her conversation with someone not terribly unlike myself (a seminarian striving for holiness). I gained a great deal from this book spiritually.

I think what I enjoyed the most about this book was the analysis that followed the words. Not only did it give me a chance to let her words sink in a great deal more, but at times I am careless when I read and I can gloss over important phrases. I was able to take in this book a chapter at a time ensuring that I really soaked up a great deal of the message of the Little Way. Having biography of the two of them interspersed between the letters was also very helpful for me to connect and recall what I had read before.

I'd recommend this book as a spiritual read for any seminarian particularly, but anyone who wants to learn more about the Little Way. Therese wrote a bit more clearly for me in these letters than in her Story of a Soul. Or it could just be that I am a few years further on my spiritual path and spoke to me more clearly. Either way, whether or not you have read Story of a Soul, I can heartily recommend this as well. ...more

Jane

Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I would give this book 10 stars if I could. The relationship that developed through letters between St Therese and Fr Maurice was amazing. He struggled like all of us do in the spiritual life and so did she.
Yet they encouraged one another. Gives great insight too into Therese and helps us to see Mother Marie de Gonzagne in a different light as she encouraged the relationship despite the usual restrictions on cloistered nuns contact with outsiders. THIS BOOK IS A TREASURE!

Kristen Vogel

Kristen Vogel rated it it was amazing

Beautiful story!

Roseann

Loved :-)

David Verbsky

This may be one of the most providential spiritual books I have ever read. It is a very easy read but you will want to stop, ponder and pray over the great depth contained in the letters between Maurice and St Therese.

Sarah

Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I find most spiritual commentary to be light to the point of insipidity, but this book had solid supplemental information taken from the lives of these two historic friends.

I read the Story of a Soul and found it overly sweet and emotional, but this book explains the true genius of Therese's message.

Andy

Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a beautiful exchange of correspondence of Christ-like love between Therese and this struggling seminarian. It opens up to me Therese's simple love of Jesus as the foundation of who she is, how she ministers, how she prays, loves, and lives. I felt as if she was writing to me.

Mitchell Hebert

Mitchell Hebert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a compilation of letters written by St. Therese of Lisieux to a young missionary priest named Maurice. These letters are beautiful, and this is the first book that was recommended to me when I was thinking about seminary. It is absolutely amazing...

Jenn

Jenn rated it really liked it

This was a great book. I love St. Therese! And the insight into her relationship with seminarian-priest Maurice is beautiful. I feel a kinship with this saint and appreciate the inheritance we have received from her writings.

Gianna Rendon

Gianna Rendon rated it it was amazing

It is a beautiful collection of the letters from St. Therese and a seminarian who she didn't know at first. They became like brother and Sister. She helped Maurice through a difficult time while on her deathbed.

Rosie

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Beautiful story. If you have even a vague interest in St. Therese -- read it. It's not your average saint book.

Edie

Edie rated it it was amazing

Profound in that it shows how love and prayer can change the world!

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great companion to story of a soul by st. therese

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