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Works of Thérèse

 

The works of Thérèse can be read continuously. It is possible to examine her handwriting at the same time. One can observe, for example, how her penmanship is altered when she writes during a certain period, or to a certain correspondent. It is necessary as well to look at the color of the paper and ink, which often indicate the date of writing. In the correspondence LT (the letters of Therese), one can only be touched by the poorness of the papers used, especially for the letters of the last year.

 

These papers are called "facsimiles." The set of facsimiles of Thérèse put online is an invitation to all to go to the source and to study them. Then a new space will open for you behind the texts of Thérèse, of St. Thérèse. It is necessary to combine her read and well-known texts with those papers poor, torn, covered with a writing so eloquent. This obliges us to go beyond our knowledge of Thérèse to meet another Therese. This is the general project for this gigantic first section of the site.

 

In family life

 

How the Martins and Guérins lived ... We can approach it through photos of people and places, some of which are very rare. Another way to connect with them is to read quietly the 1200 letters exchanged by family, relatives and friends. Read slowly, following the various adventures and anecdotes narrated by both - all of Therese's relatives.

One can also look at a particular event to study it by exploring all the material presented: the girls' schooling, their first communions, Thérèse's illness at age 10.

Another approach is to consult their library, several titles of which will be downloaded with their full content each month - thanks to the digitization work. Reading the books read by the Martin girls and commented on in family helps to understand their imagination. Nothing, however, is better for this than their works of art. Slowly consulting the portfolios of the girls' charcoals or the first pictures of Céline are worth a thousand of words.

 

In Carmel

 

The Carmel is a closed environment par excellence. How to enter? ... Some keys are proposed.

 

The foundation of the monastery, with an ancient narrative full of color, shows that there was no monastery in Lisieux. The tone of the narrative is that of someone who can not believe it has succeeded! Once the idea of founding it is conceived, there is the purchase of land, construction, etc. A description of the important phases for any major building. The details come from our old chronicles.

 

We then propose a tour of the premises - as it was 100 years ago. Moving about on a map, locating the known rooms via Thérèse's texts, contemplating the photos, seeing the statues or the furniture, there is an adventure in itself. The adventure can finish with the contemplation of the objects of everyday life in Carmel at the end of the nineteenth century: poor witnesses of an entirely different universe.

But Carmel is first and foremost a team adventure: go and meet the companions of Therese who have paved the way with her.

Adventure with a team but especially an inner adventure; four sections try to sketch this process. The basic texts, all read and integrated by Therese and her fellow sisters. Then a presentation of Carmelite prayer, based on the founders of Carmel. Finally, the Divine Office celebrated every day, and the long thread of work, which goes through all these lives.

As for the family, one can consult the community library, read (and search) the text of the circulars heard in the refectory by Thérèse, study the feast days behind each sister to read what little word she drew and copied, to be inspired

 

After 1897

 

Since the death of Therese, two major sensations have made her known: her texts and her photographs. These two elements are presented in detail: the construction then propagation of Story of a Soul then that of the image of Therese.

With Story of a Soul, discover the making of the original text, share its reception with the first readers, examine the different editions and translations, all this before the colossal critical editions.

As for Therese's picture, it is a whole history, the history of her representations. First charcoal drawings and paintings (realized by Céline and others), with the obsession of the iconographic canon of the crucifix and roses, until the hundreds of copies and plagiarism that followed!

This Therese read and seen has an impact: she works wonders. We present a few Showers of Roses, including the First World War. Then the story of her holiness. One can wander about slowly in the Processes to understand the work, to grasp what will culminate in the Beatification and then the Canonization of Therese.

It is also possible to follow all of this through indirect means, reading the correspondence exchanged between the relatives of Thérèse after her death. Hundreds of letters that are teeming with anecdotes and information about the glory of Thérèse.

 

Enjoy with her blessings !

 

 

How to use this site

 

This site is built for thousands of different users, with unique needs.

 

Works of Thérèse

 

The works of Thérèse can be read continuously. It is possible to examine her handwriting at the same time. One can observe, for example, how her penmanship is altered when she writes during a certain period, or to a certain correspondent. It is necessary as well to look at the color of the paper and ink, which often indicate the date of writing. In the correspondence LT (the letters of Therese), one can only be touched by the poorness of the papers used, especially for the letters of the last year.

 

These papers are called "facsimiles." The set of facsimiles of Thérèse put online is an invitation to all to go to the source and to study them. Then a new space will open for you behind the texts of Thérèse, of St. Thérèse. It is necessary to combine her read and well-known texts with those papers poor, torn, covered with a writing so eloquent. This obliges us to go beyond our knowledge of Thérèse to meet another Therese. This is the general project for this gigantic first section of the site.

 

In family life

How the Martins and Guérins lived ... We can approach it through photos of people and places, some of which are very rare. Another way to connect with them is to read quietly the 1200 letters exchanged by family, relatives and friends. Read slowly, following the various adventures and anecdotes narrated by both - all of Therese's relatives.

 

One can also look at a particular event to study it by exploring all the material presented: the girls' schooling, their first communions, Thérèse's illness at age 10.

 

Another approach is to consult their library, several titles of which will be downloaded with their full content each month - thanks to the digitization work. Reading the books read by the Martin girls and commented on in family helps to understand their imagination. Nothing, however, is better for this than their works of art. Slowly consulting the portfolios of the girls' charcoals or the first pictures of Céline are worth a thousand of words.

 

In Carmel

 

The Carmel is a closed environment par excellence. How to enter? ... Some keys are proposed.

 

The foundation of the monastery, with an ancient narrative full of color, shows that there was no monastery in Lisieux. The tone of the narrative is that of someone who can not believe it has succeeded! Once the idea of founding it is conceived, there is the purchase of land, construction, etc. A description of the important phases for any major building. The details come from our old chronicles.

 

We then propose a tour of the premises - as it was 100 years ago. Moving about on a map, locating the known rooms via Thérèse's texts, contemplating the photos, seeing the statues or the furniture, there is an adventure in itself. The adventure can finish with the contemplation of the objects of everyday life in Carmel at the end of the nineteenth century: poor witnesses of an entirely different universe.

 

But Carmel is first and foremost a team adventure: go and meet the companions of Therese who have paved the way with her.

 

Adventure with a team but especially an inner adventure; four sections try to sketch this process. The basic texts, all read and integrated by Therese and her fellow sisters. Then a presentation of Carmelite prayer, based on the founders of Carmel. Finally, the Divine Office celebrated every day, and the long thread of work, which goes through all these lives.

 

As for the family, one can consult the community library, read (and search) the text of the circulars heard in the refectory by Thérèse, study the feast days behind each sister to read what little word she drew and copied, to be inspired

 

After 1897

 

Since the death of Therese, two major sensations have made her known: her texts and her photographs. These two elements are presented in detail: the construction then propagation of Story of a Soul then that of the image of Therese.

 

With Story of a Soul, discover the making of the original text, share its reception with the first readers, examine the different editions and translations, all this before the colossal critical editions.

 

As for Therese's picture, it is a whole history, the history of her representations. First charcoal drawings and paintings (realized by Céline and others), with the obsession of the iconographic canon of the crucifix and roses, until the hundreds of copies and plagiarism that followed!

 

This Therese read and seen has an impact: she works wonders. We present a few Showers of Roses, including the First World War. Then the story of her holiness. One can wander about slowly in the Processes to understand the work, to grasp what will culminate in the Beatification and then the Canonization of Therese.

 

It is also possible to follow all of this through indirect means, reading the correspondence exchanged between the relatives of Thérèse after her death. Hundreds of letters that are teeming with anecdotes and information about the glory of Thérèse.

 

 

 

 

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