Where in the charismatic picture do contemplatives fit? And how are we to be present today to the Body of Christ and to the overwhelming needs of God's people which invade and plague our consciousness and seem to shake our very souls? We rattle the bars of our human finitude as the pressures for participation and immediate efficaciousness bombard us from every corner of the world. And we ask if our mortality is not a source of despair pointing to an unreachable dream.
No genuine contemplative can escape this struggle, this search for meaning in the contemplative role. Furthermore, no one can pretend that the achievement of personal identity is accomplished once and for all by anyone generation or any person. Basically. we grow through a series of integrations and identifications achieved within the con~ creteness of contemporary history.
The classic example of this struggle is Therese of Lisieux. And her description of the anguish is no mere sentimental devotion characteristic of nineteenth century French piety. but the "groaning" or travail of creation seeking its redemption or liberation in her person. Somehow the existential powerlessness of the human condition, augumented by the inhibitions of cloistered structures. makes more urgent the discovery of an answer to the question of presence to need. Therese was not at all satisfied with her contemplative presence as she experienced it: "Carmelite, Spouse, Mother of Souls ... But I feel the vocation of the fighter, the priest. the apostle. the doctor, the martyr." she exclaims. I want to carry the gospel everywhere and die every kind of martyrdom. "To satisfy me I need all." The sorrow of finitude speaks here. How much latent humanity before us!
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, the Parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
The lives of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux; their spirituality; the life of their family; their beatification in 2008 and canonization in 2015; what we can learn from them today. Articles, homilies, conferences, photo galleries. A unique photo show to celebrate the visit of their relics to Ireland in 2018.