by: Sarah Law
In this collection, poet Sarah Law presents lucid, lyrical reflections on the much-loved saint, Thérse of Lisieux (1873-97), whose life and writing has been an inspiration to so many people. For Sarah Law, there is something about Thérse that catches at the heart, and her poems flow from that sense of friendship and tenderness with her subject.
Many of the poems meditate on events, large and small, in Thérse's brief but spiritually significant life.
The first section explores her childhood, and the second, her nine precious years as a Carmelite nun; years of both sweetness and suffering. Several poems are inspired by well-known photographs of Thérse, some of which are included in this volume. A final section considers Thérse's legacy, as her 'little way' of confidence and love became known throughout the world.
Each poem may be read as an individual reflection, and as part of the larger biographical sequence.
"Thérse of Lisieux had the soul of a poet, and this life of Thérse in poetry, inspired by the photos, reminiscences, and incidents of the saint, penetrates the depths hidden in the seeming triviality of her life and her 'resolute littleness,' adding fresh and new insight." -Jennifer Moorcroft, author of Saint Thérse of Lisieux and her Sisters
"A biography-in-verse that brims with beauty, pain, insight, and humility, Thérse informs as it inspires. In Sarah Law's honest and perceptive portrayals, the 'busy stillness' and 'little ways' of this Carmelite nun become a 'petal, flaming high in Christ's kaleidoscope.' This is a poetry pilgrimage you'll want to take." -Marjorie Maddox, author of Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation