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St. Thérèse of Lisieux : a transformation of Christ
Keating, Thomas.
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New York : Lantern Books, 2001.
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v, 73 pages ; 20 cm
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BT375.2 .K384 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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During the year 2000, the relics of Saint Th r se of Lisieux (1874-1897) toured throughout the United States--at once confirming and stimulating an extraordinary resurgence of interest in the life and work of a Carmelite nun known as the "Little Flower."

In Th r se of Lisieux: Transformation in Christ , Abbot Thomas Keating reflects on what St Th r se understood the teaching of Jesus Christ to be. Th r se had an extraordinary penetration into the heart of Jesus' teaching, something she developed into a program for daily life. Although she was only twenty-four years old when she died, Th r se had an extraordinary spiritual maturity. Father Keating writes about the teachings of Jesus in the parables and then shows what extraordinary insight Th r se had into those enigmatic sayings.

According to Father Keating, St. Th r se tried to live the Gospel precept, "To love one another as I have loved you " on a daily basis. She believed it was the best program to propose to people because anybody could do it and because the Kingdom of God was, and is, in everyday life and in what we, as individuals, do with it. As Father Keating shows, St. Th r se's teaching continues to reveal to us that if we only build up instead of tear down others and fully and lovingly trust that Christ is with us until the end of time we will be transformed.

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The Rev. Thomas Keating was born Joseph Parker Kirlin Keating in Manhattan, New York on March 7, 1923. At the age of 5, he had a serious illness and made a bargain with God, that if he lived to be 21, then he would become a priest. He graduated from Fordham University in 1943. He expected to be drafted in World War II but received a deferment to enter the seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1949.

He was the founder of the Snowmass Interreligious Conference and a member of the peace council. He was a pioneer in the worldwide Christian contemplative prayer movement and popularized centering prayer, a method of silent prayer that allows one to rest in the presence of God. He wrote more than 30 books and created various multimedia projects including Awakenings, Active Meditations for Contemplative Prayer, and Centering Prayer: A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God. He died on October 25, 2018 at the age of 95.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The writings of St. Th‚rŠse of Lisieux have influenced thousands of people, including American Catholic convert Dorothy Day and Pope John Paul II, who made a pilgrimage to Lisieux in her honor in 1980. Of late there has been a rekindled interest in the precocious Th‚rŠse, who entered the convent at the age of 15 and died of tuberculosis at 26. Despite its title, St. Th‚rŠse of Lisieux: A Transformation in Christ is not a biography and is only loosely based on the writings of the French nun. Thomas Keating explores several parables of Christ from the New Testament, making occasional connections with St. Th‚rŠse's small corpus of writings. ( Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Keating, one of the founders of the Centering Prayer movement and author of the very popular Open Mind, Open Heart, here addresses himself to the enigma of St. Therese of Lisieux, using six of the parables of Jesus as his vehicle. Keating's essay is not wholly successful in that he is hard pressed to do justice to Jesus, Therese, and himself in less than 100 pages but Therese's story and her refreshing experience of faith have been of perennial and indeed almost inexhaustible interest since her death at the age of 24 in 1897. Many readers will enjoy making her acquaintance for the first time, or again, and Keating's readers should enjoy his amplifications of her message. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.