Thérèse of Lisieux has been called the greatest saint of modern times, but some view her spirituality as sentimental and syrupy. Joseph F. Schmidt, FSC, dispels that notion by contending that Thérèse’s “little way” is really the gospel message—a message that can best be understood in the context of her life. Schmidt does a masterful job of weaving together biographical details with Thérèse’s profound insights on God’s love and mercy. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants an introduction to Thérèse’s spirituality as well as for those who desire a deeper appreciation of her “little way”—a way that continues to speak to Catholics today.
“It is rare to read something that gives us new insights into St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Brother Joseph Schmidt has managed to do so in a powerful way in this new work, which brings together very beautifully her central idea that “everything is grace.” Disciples of St. Thérèse will enjoy and profit from it.” ----Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, speaker and author, "The Virtue Driven Life"
"'Everything is Grace' is a penetrating study of Therese's life and spirituality. With skill and obvious dedication, Joseph Schmidt charts the interior life of one of the most influential saints in the history of the Catholic Church. A real gem of a book." --Most Reverend Robert Mornueau, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin
"Joseph Schmidt has written an insightful, fresh interpretation of Therese's transformation from an overly sensitive, self-preoccupied person to one who abandoned herself in trust to a merciful God. This story is an immense drama of the human heart, but told on the small stage of one young woman's life. Schmidt's telling of the story will speak to the heart of the reader." --Fr. John Welch, OCarm, Provincial and Author, "The Carmelite Way; An Ancient Path for Today's Pilgrim"
Joseph F. Schmidt, FSC, is a lecturer, spiritual director, and counselor at the international renewal center of the Christian Brothers located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the author of "Praying with Thérèse of Lisieux" and "Praying Our Experiences".
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Published January 2, 2007
by The Word Among Us Press.
Religion & Spirituality.