Friday, November 09, 2012

St. Thérèse's True Teaching on Deification

The real Thérèse of Lisieux and those letters that were tampered with by ANDREA TORNIELLI

It is a story of true holiness and manipulated documents that told by Gianni Gennari in his new book “Teresa di Lisieux, il fascino della santità. I segreti di una “dottrina” ritrovata” (Thérèse of Lisieux, The appeal of Sainthood. The secrets of a rediscovered “doctrine” – Lindau publishers, 616 pages, 38 Euros). And one recounted in meticulous detail and inspired by documents that remained unpublished until now. The volume reconstructs the life of an extraordinary woman. Saint Thérèse of the Child of Jesus is remembered by faithful as the “little saint” and is identified with the “spiritual infancy” described in Matthew’s Gospel: “If you do not change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

And yet Thérèse Françoise Marie Martin who died in the Carmel of Lisieux at the tender age of 24 in September 1897 and was canonised by Pius XI in 1925, never used the expression “spiritual infancy” in her original writings.

The book demonstrates very clearly that the doctrine of “spiritual infancy” was the brainchild of Thérèse’s sisters who were disciples of the Jesuit, Almire Pichon. Gennari writes that for fifty years, the sisters led everyone, including the Popes, to see in her the prefect embodiment of the teachings of their spiritual director. And they managed this on their own.” They did so by spreading their faith, by presenting Thérèse’s writings, which were often altered and manipulated, and also through their testimonies and the correspondence they exchanged with the Holy See when Popes needed to prepare speeches on the saint.

Interesting - an even better Catholic spirituality, grounded in divinization or theosis.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Arvo Pärt, "Passio"

Hierarchical Divine Liturgy- Kazan Icon- Казанской иконы Богоматерь (November 4, 2012)

Monday, November 05, 2012

Compostela ad Vesperas Sancti Iacobi

Zenit: Between Tradition and the Modern World
An Introduction to the Thought of Fr. Bernard Lonergan
Chiesa: The "Credo" Against False Gods

This is the overriding objective of the year of faith desired by Benedict XVI. To bring men back to the one true God. And to depose from their thrones the false divinities that dominate the world

by Sandro Magister

Vatican Diary / What remains of the synod

Related: XIII Ordinary General Assembly
ordopraedicatorum: The Risk of Faith: The Example of the Saints

Fr. Lazarus El Anthony

A Monk's Life

Other parts can be found at these channels:
Coptic Youth Channel

The Last Anchorite

Part 2