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I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based On the Teachings of St. Therese of Lisieux by Fr. Jean C.J. D’Elbee
December 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Though she died at age 24, St. Therese of Lisieux’s contributions have been so remarkable that she was named one of only 37 Doctors of the Church, and one of only 4 women among them. At first glance, many have made the mistake of dismissing her writings as “overly sentimental,” but countless intellectuals (including Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Jacques Philippe, and Edith Stein) have returned to a deeper examination of her work to deem her a warrior—“though her battles are for love by means of love, for peace by means of peace,” in the words of Hans Urs von Balthasar.
Likewise, Bishop Robert Barron began to see Therese as she was: a rather “tough cookie” who, because humility is truth, understood who she was in the sight of God and worked within that grace with a pragmatic directness that came to define her “Little Way”: a willingness to, in every moment, in every situation, ask the central question of surrender—What is the demand of love?—and then choose it.
A spiritual classic, I Believe in Love has long been beloved for its wondrous distillation of the teachings of St. Therese into a reader-friendly set of 10 meditations, and as an invaluable companion along our journey to union with God.
Author Fr. Jean C.J. D’Elbee was a French priest who beautifully conveys in this book the spirit of St. Therese and her message of joyful confidence and total abandonment to the Heart of Jesus.
This series will be co-led by Karen Page with Robert Giugliano, Ph.D., longtime psychologist, spiritual director, and former Fordham adjunct faculty member who wrote his master’s dissertation on St. Therese of Lisieux.
To receive the Zoom link for this series, email [email protected].
Tuesday, November 1 | Conference 1: Love for Love
Tuesday, November 8 | Conference 2: Humble Confidence
Tuesday, November 15 | Conference 3: Unshakable Confidence
Tuesday, November 22 | Conference 4: Abandonment to Jesus
Tuesday, December 6 | Conference 5: Great Desires, Humility, and Peace
Tuesday, December 13 | Conference 6: Fraternal Charity
Tuesday, December 20 | Conference 7: The Apostolate
Tuesday, January 3 | Conference 8: The Cross
Tuesday, January 10 | Conference 9: The Eucharist
Tuesday, January 17 | Conference 10: Jesus, Mary, and the Saints