Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pope invites the faithful to read “The Story of a Soul”

Rome‐Italy,  6  April  2011  (Communicationes).‐    In  his  Papal  audience  today  in  St.  Peter’s Square, the Pope invited the faithful to read “The Story of a Soul” of St. Therese of the Child Jesus  and  the  Holy  Face.    In  this  Wednesday’s  weekly  audience  he  spoke  of  the  life  and teaching  of  the  French  Carmelite  who  had  been  declared  a  Doctor  of  the  Church  in  1997  by Pope  John  Paul  II.    The  same  Pope  defined  her  as  “an  expert  in  the  Science  of  Love”  in  his Apostolic Letter “On entering a New Millennium”.  

“Little Therese”, said Pope Benedict, “has never ceased to help simple souls, the little ones, the poor,  those  who  suffer  and  those  who  pray  to  her,  but  she  has  also  illuminated  the  whole Church  with  her  profound  spiritual teaching”.    “I  want  to  invite  you  to  rediscover  this  small ‐ great treasure, this enlightened Gospel commentary, lived out to the full! ‘The Story of a Soul’
is, in fact, a marvelous story of love, told with such authenticity, simplicity and freshness that it cannot but fascinate its readers”, continued His Holiness.  

“Therese is one of the ‘little ones’ of the Gospel who allow themselves to be borne by God into the Depths of His Mystery” the Pope went on, while proposing the Patroness of the Missions “as a guide for everyone, but especially for those who engage in the ministry of theologians”.
He underlined Trust and Love as being the key notes of the message of Therese.  These two words  were  like  lighthouses  that  illumined  her  whole  path  of  sanctity  and  that  could  serve others in following the same “little way of trust and love” of spiritual childhood.

The Pope invited all the faithful to repeat with St. Therese “that we wish to live for love of God and of our neighbors”.  “Therese shows us that Christian life means living fully our Baptismal grace in a total gift of Yes to the love of the Father, in order to express in union with Christ, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, His own love for others” concluded Pope Benedict.


Communicationes N.175

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