Item description for The Hidden Face: A Study of St. Therese of Lisieux by Ida Friederike Goerres & Ida Friederike Gorres...
This study of the life and character of Therese of Lisieux is a remarkable, penetrating, and fascinating search for the truth behind one of the most astounding religious figures of modern times. A young nun who entered a convent at fifteen and died at twenty-four, Therese roused an incredible storm of spontaneous veneration only a few months after her death, and has been called by one Pope as "the greatest saint of the modern times." Countless images of the sweetly smiling saint flooded the world. But who was she, really? The Hidden Face has sprung from this question. It presents the true Therese, as objectively as possible, and gives a convincing interpretation of her sainthood. It is a book not for Catholics alone, but for anyone fascinated by the force of spirituality, by the incalculable effects of what Pascal called the "greatness of the human soul." It opens the cloistered world of the Carmel, takes off the sugar coating, and reveals the stark drama behind convent walls, the tension between personalities, the daily details of conventual life. And it throws light on the tremendous purifying process that turned the pampered darling into a saint of heroic virtue. The work of a mind of rare intelligence and integrity, this book is unique among the lives of saints. First published in Germany in 1944, the original is now in its eighth edition. This first English translation is based on a new, revised version using the latest edition of the saint's writings.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2003
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 089870927X ISBN13 9780898709278
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More About Ida Friederike Goerres & Ida Friederike Gorres
Ida Friederike Goerres is the author of several outstanding works on sanctity including The Nature of Sanctity and The Cloister and the World. The Hidden Face is considered her most important work.
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The Hidden Face: A Study of Therese of Lisieux Mar 25, 2008
Ida Frederike Gorres creates a completely vivid, inspirational and detailed account of Therese Martins' short life time, but with a realistic perspective. She analyzes Therese as merely human; as one who struggled in childhood with vanity, sensitivity, stubborn mindedness and self-absorption, but who was consistently taught by the church and at home that faith and love for God are essential to the well being of her soul. Therese blended these fundamental teachings with her human desire to please God and others, until at last, before entering the Carmelite order ( which was accomplished as a result of her refusal to take "no" for an answer, along with the support of her sister ) she was given a powerful grace; which calmed her sensitive nature and effected her interiorly with a desire to wean herself from the love for attention, that she strongly felt at home. Meanwhile, this worked into a cycle of maturity that cultivated virtue and love for her neighbor, which grew abundantly in the convent.
THE HIDDEN FACE clears away any notion that pre-destiny plays a role in sainthood, or that some people are born into it, while others are lost to their ego. The author lets the reader identify with Therese and to discover his own potential for holiness, by imitating the simply brilliant examples of love that Therese taught to others, which in turn won for her the heart of God. It is a book that can be used as a guide to holiness.
An Amazing and Challenging Book Mar 30, 2007
As Ida Gorres examines the life of St. Therese she challenges the longheld idea that Therese was some mamby pamby creature who earned sainthood by never complaining that her woolen habit was scratchy. This biography teaches not only about Therese's life, but about the Christian life and how to respond to the grace of God. An exquisite biography of an amazing woman!
Revealing and Inspiring! Nov 3, 2006
Exhaustive expose of Saint Therese of Lisieux. Insightful and highly enjoyable to read; the text will edify any Christian striving to do God's will and longing to be encouraged on a sound method. Be aware: "Little Way" is a blatant oximoron; Therese's path is no small feat! Consider Jesus' admonitions and modelling in the Gospel accounts. However tall the order may be, it is not impossible to imitate. Therese's rose petals are made of steel. Coupled with Jesus, she is one of the greatest inspirations for attaining intimacy with God.
Hidden No More Oct 10, 2005
It is unfortunate that Therese of Lisieux has become known primarily by the term "The Little Flower" and is expected to drop roses from heaven on her followers. This study of her life and "Little Way" reveals the journey of a pampered, excessivly emotional and devout middle-class French girl who was formed into one of the only three women who have been declared Doctors of the Church. Ida Gorres strips off the sentimentality that has threatened to turn Therese into a sugary caracature of herself. She carefully deals with all the negative aspects of Therese's culture, upbringing, life as a nun, and unglamorous, excruciating and humiliating death of TB at age 24. When Gorres has exposed all the aspects of the sentimental religiosity of that time and place, sparing nothing in revealing Therese and her family to us with all their "warts", she then proceeds to delineate how Therese rose above all that, and even contradicted it in her "new" spiritual understanding. It becomes clear that it was a direct action of the Holy Spirit, needed by the modern religious seeker.
Jansenism still tainted the devout Catholicism of that time. Somehow, Therese saw through the heresy and formulated a spirituality that returned the Church to the basics of Christianity. What is most surprising to me is that she did it alone, with no person to teach or counsel her. Indeed, very few of the people around her even understood her, including her loving blood sisters who were also in the same convent. Ida Gorres tells this story clearly and with considerable insight into true sanctity.
This is not a book to approach lightly, although it is not hard to read. It stretches the reader's understanding, calling one to greater love of God and the truth about following Jesus. One dares to try Therese's Way even in very different circumstances of life. Gorres does away with the plaster saint figure of church statues and gives us an intelligent, flesh-and-blood, mature, serious, and appealing saint to be our teacher. I recommend this book highly for anyone who is seeking true teaching and inspiration in their Christian walk.
A beautiful book Nov 19, 2004
This is a wonderful book. I spent an entire Sunday afternoon reading it. I couldn't put it down. Ida F. Goerres gave us a real flesh and blood person and not the, all too common, prayer card one.