The Plays of St. Therese of Lisieux: "Pious Recreations"
Over a period of about three years toward the end of her life, St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) was asked by her Carmelite superiors to compose eight "theatrical pieces" for special occasions in her convent. She did not consider them mere trivial amusements. On the contrary, Therese invested herself wholeheartedly in the writing and performance of these little dramas, which provided a welcome opportunity to articulate her growing spiritual insights and share them with her religious community. Here we find echoes of her great themes, some where developed at greater length than anywhere else in her writings: Mary of Nazareth and Joan of Arc, humility and the "little way", confidence and love, and so much more.
In the present volume, for the first time, all eight of her "plays" (or "pious recreations", as they are sometimes called in the French) are publisheogether in their entirety for English-speaking readers. They open a new window onto the message of the church's youngest "doctor". Also included is a masterful general introduction by the noted Thérèsian expert, Bishop Guy Gaucher, OCD, as well as individual introductions to each play explaining it in context and significance.