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Author QuotedHenri Gheon
Title QuotedSainte Therèse de Lisieux
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/10/08
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1934
QuotationI have just read straight through Gheon's book about Saint Theresa of Lisieux and am knocked out by it completely. What the book is about, if not the book itself, is the most exciting thing I have read for I don't know how long: this story of a middleclass French child who went into a convent, who never, according to the world or to nature, did anything; who died; and who was inexplicably hailed right after her death by Catholics in every part of the world for her great saintliness (because of countless miracles following the invocation of her name)-all this story is more terrific than any I have read since the story of the works of the First Apostles, in he Acts, or the story of Saint Francis.
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 431-32
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