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The classic spiritual autobiography from the Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, in the best English translation, introduced by Bishop Barron.

The classical spiritual autobiography from the Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, in the best English translation, introduced by Bishop Barron.

Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
By Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Translator: John Clark, O.C.D
Published by Word on Fire Classics on October 1, 2022
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Mark Galli was the editor in chief of Christianity Today for seven years, a Presbyterian pastor for ten years, and a passionate evangelical Protestant since first responding to an altar call in 1965 at thirteen years old. But in 2020, Galli formally returned to the faith in which he was baptized as an infant: the Roman Catholic Church. 

With All the Saints: My Journey to the Roman Catholic Church is the compelling memoir of one man’s search for the fullness of truth. Through honest and engaging storytelling, Galli recounts the various spiritual, theological, mystical, and ecclesial tributaries that led him to “cross the Tiber” back to Catholicism. Each tradition he passed through—Evangelical, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox—he embraced without satisfaction and left without bitterness, drawing him finally to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church: a Church of saints and sinners, all striving together in the great company of heaven; a Church that he could finally call home.

Honest, insightful, and entertaining, With All the Saints is a memorable love letter to Christ and his Church.

Bishop Barron on the
Little Flower

From the CATHOLICISM Series

Bishop Barron on the
Little Flower

From the CATHOLICISM Series

About the Book

The so-called “Little Flower” was a little-known, cloistered Carmelite nun who died at a young age; and yet, within a few years of her death, Thérèse of Lisieux had a worldwide reputation. She is now a Doctor of the Church, and her small autobiography is considered a spiritual classic. What was it that made this little flower so great?  
In this new addition to the Word on Fire Classics collection, get to know the saint who Bishop Barron says “has been a personal friend for a long time” and who has touched the hearts of millions with her simple but profound realization: “My vocation is love!” In her autobiographical Story of a Soul, Thérèse walks readers through her devout family life, her ever-deepening personal conversion, and her years of trial and suffering. A true “doctor of grace,” she illuminates the “little way” to sainthood: childlike simplicity before God the Father and a willingness to do small things with great love.

About the Book

The so-called “Little Flower” was a little-known, cloistered Carmelite nun who died at a young age; and yet, within a few years of her death, Thérèse of Lisieux had a worldwide reputation. She is now a Doctor of the Church, and her small autobiography is considered a spiritual classic. What was it that made this little flower so great?  
In this new addition to the Word on Fire Classics collection, get to know the saint who Bishop Barron says “has been a personal friend for a long time” and who has touched the hearts of millions with her simple but profound realization: “My vocation is love!” In her autobiographical Story of a Soul, Thérèse walks readers through her devout family life, her ever-deepening personal conversion, and her years of trial and suffering. A true “doctor of grace,” she illuminates the “little way” to sainthood: childlike simplicity before God the Father and a willingness to do small things with great love.
 







































Read the Foreword

By Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic faith. On July 21, 2015, Pope Francis announced his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and on June 2, 2022, he appointed Bishop Barron the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester (Minnesota). Ordained in 1986 in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Bishop Barron received a master’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1982 and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992.

Read the Foreword

By Bishop Robert Barron
Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic faith. On July 21, 2015, Pope Francis announced his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and on June 2, 2022, he appointed Bishop Barron the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester (Minnesota). Ordained in 1986 in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Bishop Barron received a master’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1982 and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD  -  by Bishop Robert Barron
INTRODUCTION  -  by John Clarke, O.C.D.
PROLOGUE  -  1
THÉRÈSE’S FAMILY AND COUSINS  -  9
MANUSCRIPT A  -  11
CHAPTER  I
ALENÇON (1873–1877)  -  13
The Mercies of the Lord
Surrounded by Love
The Trip to Le Mans
Her Character

“I Choose All!”
CHAPTER  II
LES BUISSONNETS (1877–1881)  -  33
Her Mother’s Death
Lisieux
Her Father’s Tenderness
First Confession
Feasts and Sundays with the Family
Prophetic Vision
Trouville
CHAPTER  III
THE DISTRESSING YEARS (1881–1883)  -  53
Pupil at the Abbey
Holidays

Céline’s First Communion
Pauline at Carmel
Strange Sickness
The Blessed Virgin’s Smile
CHAPTER  IV
FIRST COMMUNION, BOARDING SCHOOL (1883–1886)  -  71
Pictures and Reading
First Communion
Confirmation
Malady of Scruples
Madame Papinau
Child of Mary

New Separations
CHAPTER  V
AFTER THE GRACE OF CHRISTMAS (1886–1887)  -  97
The Blood of Jesus
Pranzini, Her First Child
The Imitation of Christ and Abbé Arminjon
Her Desire to Enter Carmel
She Confides in Her Father
Uncle’s Change of Heart
The Superior’s Opposition
The Visit to Bayeux
CHAPTER  VI
THE TRIP TO ROME (1887)  -  121
Paris: Notre-Dame des Victoires
Switzerland

Milan, Venice, Bologna, Loreto
The Colosseum
Audience with Leo XIII
Naples, Assisi, Return to France
Three Months of Waiting
CHAPTER  VII
THE FIRST YEARS IN CARMEL (1888–1890)  -  147
Confession to Father Pichon
Thérèse and Her Superiors
The Holy Face

Reception of the Habit
Illness of Her Father
Little Virtues
CHAPTER  VIII
PROFESSION AND OFFERING TO MERCIFUL LOVE (1890–1895)  -  163
Reception of the Veil
Mother Geneviève and Thérèse
Influenza Epidemic
Retreat of Father Alexis
Mother Agnes as Prioress
Papa’s Death
Céline’s Entrance into Carmel
End of Manuscript A
MANUSCRIPT B  -  183
CHAPTER IX
MY VOCATION IS LOVE (1896)  -  185
The Secrets of Jesus
Venerable Mother Anne of Jesus
All Vocations
Strewing Flowers
The Little Bird
The Divine Eagle
End of Manuscript B
MANUSCRIPT C  -  201
CHAPTER X
THE TRIAL OF FAITH (1896–1897)  -  203
Thérèse and Her Prioress
The Divine Elevator
The First Hemoptysis
The Table of Sinners
The Call to the Foreign Missions
What Is Charity?
CHAPTER XI
THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE GIVEN ME (1896–1897)  -  231
Novices and Spiritual Brothers
God’s Instruments

The Little Brush
The Power of Prayer and Sacrifice
Sister St. Pierre
Two Missionaries
“Draw Me, We Shall Run”
End of Manuscript C
EPILOGUE  -  261
APPENDICES  -  275
LETTER THÉRÈSE CARRIED ON HER HEART  -  277
ACT OF OBLATION TO MERCIFUL LOVE  -  278
THÉRÈSE’S EXPLANATION OF HER COAT OF ARMS  -  283

ESSAYS AND CONTRIBUTORS

Foundations of the Intellectual Life  -  Sr. Josephine Garrett

The Virtues and the Intellectual Life  -  Susanna Spencer

Healing and Knowing the Truth  -  Sr. Miriam James Heidland

Saints and the Intellect  -  Meg Hunter-Kilmer

Holy Boldness and the Feminine Mind  -  Rachel Harkins Ullmann

Intellectual Life: From Theory to Practice  -  Jackie Francois Angel

Becoming a Bibliophile  -  Haley Stewart

An Integrated Mind and Heart  -  Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble

Marriage, Motherhood, and the Mind  -  Stephanie Gray Connors

Benedictine Spirituality and the Mysteries of God  -  Elizabeth Scalia

The Vocation to Transformation  -  Amanda Achtman

The Joy of Thinking  -  Emily Stimpson Chapman

The School of Leisure  -  Jennifer Frey

Pursuit in the Drudgery  -  Leah Libresco Sargeant

The Feminine Intellect and Academia  -  Holly Ordway

The Mind of Writing  -  Tsh Oxenreider
Intellectual Life: From Theory to Practice
Jackie Francois Angel hails from Orange County, CA. She is a speaker, vlogger, author, and singer-songwriter. In 2006, she was signed to Spirit & Song, a division of OCP, and she debuted her first album, Your Kingdom Is Glorious, in 2008. Her sophomore album, Divine Comedy, was released in 2012. Along with being a blogger and webcast host, Jackie travels around the world speaking, singing, sampling the local cuisine, and attempting to make people laugh. In 2013, Jackie married Bobby Angel, who shares her passion for Jesus, coffee, and superhero movies. They reside in North Texas with their four young children.
The Joy of Thinking
Emily Stimpson Chapman is an award-winning Catholic writer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of six books, including most recently Letters to Myself from the End of the World, Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body (co-authored with Scott Hahn), and The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet. She has also authored six studies for the women’s ministry Endow, is the editor and co-author of the Formed in Christ high school textbook series, and is the author of numerous Bible studies, as well as articles and essays for Catholic publications. Honored by both the Catholic Media Association and the Associated Church Press, Chapman lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and three young children.
Marriage, Motherhood, and the Mind
Stephanie Gray Connors has given more than one thousand pro-life presentations and debates over two decades in ten countries, including speaking on abortion at Google headquarters and debating in Mexico at La Ciudad de las Ideas (CDI), an event similar to TED Talks. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from UBC in Vancouver and a Certification with Distinction in health care ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. Stephanie has authored pro-life apologetics books on the beginning and end of life and blogs over at www. loveunleasheslife.com.
The School of Leisure
Jennifer Frey, PhD, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina and Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America. She has written numerous academic essays on virtue and human agency, has edited three books, and frequently writes and lectures for non-academic audiences. She is also the host of the literature, philosophy, and theology podcast titled Sacred and Profane Love.
Foundations of the Intellectual Life
Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN, is a sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Her community’s mission is to help spread the kingdom of God’s love in the world especially through ministry to families. She currently lives in Tyler, Texas, and serves families as a school counselor and as a clinical mental health counselor in a private practice. She has also served as a national speaker and writer for many Catholic ministries.
Holy Boldness and the Feminine Mind
Rachel Harkins Ullmann serves as the Executive Director of The GIVEN Institute. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she majored in theology and catechetics, and she later obtained her master’s degree in education administration from Johns Hopkins University. Rachel is a harpist and has traveled to Australia, Israel, and all over Europe (favorite cities being Rome and Lourdes). Her greatest sources of joy are her husband, Tony, and her children, Evangeline, Cooper, and Theodore.
Healing and Knowing the Truth
Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. She is the author of two books and speaks extensively across the nation on the topics of healing, forgiveness, and authentic love.
Saints and the Intellect
Meg Hunter-Kilmer is an itinerant missionary and storyteller who travels the world telling people about the fierce and tender love of God. You can read more of her work in Saints Around the World (an international saint storybook for children) or Pray for Us: 75 Saints Who Sinned, Suffered, and Struggled on Their Way to Holiness.
An Integrated Mind and Heart
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, is a religious sister with the Daughters of St. Paul, a congregation founded by Blessed James Alberione to spread the Gospel using modern media. She is the author of several books on memento mori, the Christian practice of meditating on one’s death to prepare for heaven. You can find out more about her ministry at pursuedbytruth.com.
The Feminine Intellect and Academia
Holly Ordway is the Cardinal Francis George Fellow of Faith and Culture at the Word on Fire Institute and Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is the author of Tales of Faith: A Guide to Sharing the Gospel through Literature, Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages, and Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith, as well as co- editor of the Word on Fire Classics volume the Ignatian Collection. She is also a Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies and a published poet.
The Mind of Writing
Tsh Oxenreider is the author of several books, including the liturgical guides Bitter & Sweet for Lent and Shadow & Light for Advent, as well as At Home in the World, the story of her family’s year traveling around the world out of backpacks. She’s also a podcaster, writes a long-running newsletter, leads pilgrimages, teaches high school, and helps people create their rules of life. Learn more at tshoxenreider.com.
Pursuit in the Drudgery
Leah Libresco Sargeant is the author of Arriving at Amen and Building the Benedict Option. She runs Other Feminisms, a Substack community.
Benedictine Spirituality and the Mysteries of God
Elizabeth Scalia, OblOSB, is the author of several award-winning books, including Strange Gods and Little Sins Mean a Lot.
The Virtues and the Intellectual Life
Susanna Spencer is a homeschooling mother of four and lives with her husband and family in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a writer and theological editor for Blessed is She, narrator of the children’s devotional book Rise Up: Shining with Virtue, and regular contributor to the National Catholic Register.
Becoming a Bibliophile
Haley Stewart is the Managing Editor of Word on Fire Spark. She co-hosts The Fountains of Carrots Podcast and is the author of The Grace of Enough, Jane Austen’s Genius Guide to Life, and a series for young readers titled The Sister Seraphina Mysteries. Haley and her husband have four children.

ABOUT the BOOK

Vatican II called the Bible “the support and energy of the Church,” “the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life,” and “the food of the soul.” Yet, for many Catholics, their engagement with Scripture is often limited to what they hear at Mass—and the dull, safe, predictable homilies that obscure rather than break open up the Word of God. 

In Food for the Soul, the first book in a riveting three-part series, celebrated philosopher Peter Kreeft invites the faithful—clergy and laity alike—to a heart-to-heart relationship with Christ the Word through the Word of the Scriptures. Moving through the First Reading, Second Reading, and Gospel Readings for each Sunday and other major liturgical celebrations throughout the three-year lectionary cycle, Kreeft brings the Mass readings to life with his trademark blend of gentle wit and unyielding wisdom, challenging readers to plant their souls in the rich soil of Scripture and sharpen their minds with the Sword of the Spirit.

Whether you are a layperson looking for additional insight on the readings at Mass, or a priest or deacon looking for inspiration for a homily, Food for the Soul is a gift to the whole Church from one of today’s greatest Christian writers.

TABLE of CONTENTS

Introduction

Advent

Christmas Time

Lent

Holy Week

Easter Time

Ordinary Time
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