The Prayer of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

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Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is one of the best-loved of all saints. A renowned spiritual writer explains how she is also a profound teacher of prayer.
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    Vernon Johnson had no interest in or sympathy for Catholicism as an Anglican clergyman. During a chance visit to the Carmel of Lisieux, however, where St Thérèse had lived and died, he was overwhelmed by her story and witness, and began to consider the Catholic Church more favourably. He eventually became a Catholic, was ordained priest, and was one of the earliest and most eloquent advocates in English of the spirituality of St Thérèse, the “Little Flower”.     

    His synthesis of St Thérèse’s spirituality – the “little way” – is of enduring value. He saw beyond the superficial sentimentality of Thérèse’s style to the radical nature of her teaching of spiritual childhood: our need to admit to our heavenly Father, as a child does to its parent, that we need help, and our trust that he will not fail us.