It’s rather curious…
I’m a huge St. Therese fan. I’ve been one since I was a little girl. In a difficult time in my family history, she worked miracles for us. Her spirituality of the Little Way is such a source of encouragement to me. Her life, her work, her thought… I love it.
I was a huge fan of her Autobiography, too. I picked it up at the start of this month to read it for the first time since I was fourteen, and I was a little dismayed to find it a bit of a struggle to read. Her thoughts are still extremely important to me, but I have a hard time with her expression of those thoughts. It’s not that I dislike her style… it simply doesn’t touch me in the way it did when I was a little girl.
It could be just a stage in my life, I suppose. Getting ready to go to TAC, beginning to really think and reason for the first time… I go a little more for Aquinas and Anselm now. I don’t think it’s necessarily a snooty thing (I definitely don’t think I’m in any way ‘above’ Therese)… just a new interest and focus, and the enthusiasm of youth and all that.
Dear Therese’s thoughts are extraordinarily full of substance, and much to ponder and reflect on. After all, she is a Doctor of the Church. I’m just having a hard time getting past the style.
dove51, Have you read G.K. Chesterton’s biography of St. Francis of Assisi? It’s a beautiful book. St. Francis is one of my patrons, so he’s always been special to me, but GK’s book gave me a new appreciation for him.