Our selection of the month of May 2022

Therese of Lisieux, four works selected by Hélène Mongin

« Jand I will desire the same thing in heaven as on earth: to love Jesus and make him loved.” wrote little Teresa a few months before her death, in 1897. To help the saint of Lisieux fulfill her mission, Hélène Mongin, editor of Éditions de l’Emmanuel, had the good idea of ​​gathering her main writings (in four books, released together), and accompany them with a detailed critical apparatus and 120 period photographs. An ardent admirer and connoisseur of Norman Carmelite for many years (she owes him nothing less than her conversion!), Hélène Mongin thus guides the reader step by step, page after page, in exploring these living sources of spirituality. often still unsuspected.

First step of this exciting journey to get to know Teresa and Jesus through her: story of a soul, the essential bestseller that theologian William Clapier, in his preface, describes as“a hymn to the invincible force of trust and love in the one who is love itself”. The path continues with its poems and prayers, with such a unique evangelical flavor, so with its Last words gathered during the last six months of her life by her sisters in religion and in the flesh. And finally, your Letters. Teresa reveals herself as “true lady of the spiritual life”, believes Hélène Mongin. And the editor continues: “She opens a door for us to follow her on the ‘little spiritual path’ she discovered to lead her friends to God through trust and love. » So what are we waiting for to hear and follow you? IS AT

story of a soul, 15€; Last words, 16€; poems and prayers, 14€; Letters, €18, Editions de l’Emmanuel.

Only fools can be wise from Rafael Buyse

Our columnist, priest of the diocese of Lille, has struck again! your faith in “an always Another God” is reflected this time in his way of exploring wisdom, one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. For “keep pious words”on one “easy morals”it’s from “reflections alien to what makes the ordinary and banal of our daily lives”the author ofotherwise God and D’Otherwise the gospel (Bayard) offers us an invigorating meditation on the appearance of the Risen One in Lake Tiberias (Jn 21). To the seven disciples, afflicted by the death of their Master and humiliated by a fruitless night of fishing, the stranger from the lake said: “Cast your net to the right! » I.e: “Do the same thing, but differently. » Such is the wisdom of Jesus, folly in the eyes of men, in which the Spirit burns to initiate us. Only He can inspire us with the audacity of “We venture, with new words, to stammer a Christian faith for theand century “. A challenge that the intrepid Raphaël Buyse takes on from book to book. AV
Salvador, 14€.

The Power of Parents’ Prayer, from Stephanie Combe

Here we meet our colleague Stéphanie Combe, author of the bestselling Ufa! Mom goes to the convent (Quasar), in the face of the challenge of prayer. His subject is always as delicate as it is deep, punctuated by funny, guilt-free personal experiences: yes, it’s okay not to be perfect parents. The important thing for our children is elsewhere: They need a father and mother who will pray for them, whatever their age and situation.”, guarantees Stephanie Combe. As a family, as a couple or alone, this mother of three knows how much daily prayer remains a demanding and sometimes difficult discipline. But for every Christian, prayer opens heaven. And if we have to expect great things for our children, it’s give birth to eternal life “. Thus, we are invited to a regular spiritual life which, she writes, ” It frees us from our slavery, from this frantic race against time, from the clutches of social networks that take so long that they disperse us” to make us the opposite able to face challenges ».

Our journalist enriched his speech by giving the floor to about thirty parents, aged between 35 and 78 years old. They tell us how daily, in decisive choices or trials, they entrust their situation to a saint, to Mary, to the Lord… These practices, some of which come from Protestants, can reach each of us. With this advice from a parent: don’t aim too high and start small. invigorating. DV
Salvador, €14.80.

Archangel’s Wrath, by Bertrand Revillion

It is the story of a friendship between two men born in childhood, the friendship of a lifetime, broken by the irreparable. Two priests, Antoine whose fame grew as much as his questioning for the institution, and Baudoin who, despite his questions about the Church, did not give up his episcopal office. This novel by Bertrand Révillion, a former contributor to the Life, opens as violently as the lightning that sometimes strikes the archangel who dominates Mont-Saint-Michel. Antoine is prosecuted, more than 30 years after the fact, for abusing children during a scout camp.

Justice runs its course, judges and condemns, while the bishop dismisses Antoine, removing him from any ministry before returning to the secular state. Baudoin laments his lost friend, proclaims in the bar his shame for this Church and enters the darkness of faith, without ceasing to advance. We will forgive the weight of the style of clinging to a call that springs between the lines for a renewed Church confronting its truths. MF
Salvador, 18€.

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