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Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: Her Relevance for Today
Sister Eileen Mary SLG (1921-99) entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1952 and in her latter years lived an eremitical way of life at the Community’s Bede House in Kent. She was a member of the ecumenical Columbanus Community of Reconciliation in Belfast from 1983 to 1989. As Sister Eileen Lyddon, she wrote ‘Door Through Darkness: St John of the Cross and Mysticism in Everyday Life’ (New City, 1994).
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The life of St Thérèse of Lisieux was short, uneventful, and entirely hidden. Yet her ‘Little Way’ demonstrates that obedience to the precepts of the gospel and faithful following of Jesus, practised for the sake of love alone, is fruitful far beyond the limits of time and place. Sister Eileen Mary avoids the sentimental image of Saint Thérèse which has sometimes been presented and instead attempts to uncover Thérèse’s true greatness. Her ‘Little Way’ is shown to be paradoxically great, and accessible to all, whatever their circumstances.
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