The Last Years of Saint Therese: Doubt and Darkness, 1895-1897 (BOK)

Thomas R. Nevin

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For over a century, the Carmelite Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (1873-1897) has been revered as Catholicism's foremost folk saint of modern times. Universally known as <"the little flower,>" she has been a source of consolation and uplift, an example of everyday sainthood by <"the little way.>" This book puts aside that piety and addresses the torment of doubt within the life and writing of a saint best known for the strength of her conviction. Nevin examines the dynamics of Christian doubt, and argues that it is integral to the journey toward selfless love which Therese was compelled to take. Therese's metaphors for doubt were 'tunnel', 'fog', and 'vault', each one suggesting darkness, dimness, and enclosure. What, Nevin asks, did doubt mean to her? What was its source and nature? What was its object? He gives close attention to her reading and interpretations of the Old and New Testaments as pathways through her inner wilderness. Her Carmel of spiritual sisters becomes a vivid setting for this drama, with other women challenging Therese by their own trials of faith. One of Therese's indispensable lessons, Nevin concludes, is the acceptance of helplessness. Bringing a new direction to the study of Therese, and of the problematics of sainthood itself, this book reveals how Therese's response to divine abandonment is a unique and painfully won imitation of Christ.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Thomas R. Nevin
Forlag
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS ACADEM
ISBN 9780199987665
Antall sider 336 Dimensjoner 16,2cm x 24,2cm x 2,7cm
Vekt 562 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Christian theology, Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church, History of religion