Friday, May 24, 2013

Therese: The Story of Saint Therese of Liseiux (2004)

*Below is a guest post by Mrs. Jill Goldbach.*
Saint Therese of Lisieux, otherwise known as the Little Flower, is a saint of whom we have probably all heard.  Although it was released in 2004, I finally decided to watch the movie this year.  It was possibly the best film I have ever seen, and I highly recommend it. 

This movie is a spiritual treasure.  Lindsay Younce, the actress who portrayed Saint Therese, read excerpts from A Story of a Soul  (the autobiography of Saint Therese) throughout the film.  This allowed the people watching the film to get a better understanding of the holiness of this saint.

Saint Therese learned the "little way" to holiness, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from her example.  When Therese was younger, she was selfish.  One Christmas Eve, a miracle happened that allowed her to feel "the need to forget myself and to please others."   She truly understood the need to become like a little child in order to go to Heaven.  When she was preparing to enter Carmel, she made sacrifices by "giving up my will in little things that no one noticed."  She achieved a victory over her will in this way.  She said, "When I did my duty without excuses, no one noticed."  It seemed that everyone noticed when she actually made mistakes!  Her "efforts to achieve perfection met with more thorns than roses."   She saw Jesus in her Carmelite Sisters, even the ones who were mean to her. 

The scenes of her illness and death were very moving.  Having died from tuberculosis at the age of 24, she suffered immensely.  Lindsay Younce did an excellent job of portraying Therese's agony.  Her superior told her the closer she came to God, the more simple she would become.  This was true in Saint Therese's life, and if we can imitate her "little way," we can become saints too.

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