On June 19, 2005, Guy Gaucher, O.C.D., auxiliary bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux and consummate scholar of St. Therese, preached at a service of thanksgiving for his episcopal ministry in the Basilica of St. Therese at Lisieux. With thanks to the late Fr. J. Linus Ryan, O. Carm., who made it available on the Web, and to Internet Archive, on the seventh day of this novena of gifts I offer Bishop Gaucher's beautiful homily "Why I Love You, O Therese."
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August 19, 2010. Today is a great day for those who love St. Therese of Lisieux. "Sainte Therese de Lisieux 1873-1897: Biographie," the long-awaited comprehensive biography of St. Therese of Lisieux by Bishop Guy Gaucher, O.C.D., who edited the centenary edition of her works, was released in French by Editions du Cerf in Paris today. Its 690 pages offer an astonishingly detailed look at the life and environment of St. Therese. Click on the image below to learn more or to order it.
The "New Centenary Edition" in eight volumes (Editions du Cerf, 1992), yielded a mass of documents that permit a refinement of our knowledge of the everyday life of St. Therese of Lisieux. Nearly twenty years later, one has tried to write a biography of the Carmelite for a vast public, identifying much more closely the family, Carmelite, and ecclesial context of her life that permits us to understand the texts of the youngest doctor of the Church. At the end of her "giant's course" [Manuscript A, 44v], we can see that the sanctity of Therese ignored the illusions of a "disembodied spirituality," but was rooted in "the truth of life [Ms A, 31 v°].
Monseigneur Guy Gaucher, Carmelite, is auxiliary bishop emeritus of Bayeux and Lisieux after having been bishop of Meaux. First a specialist in Bernanos, he has consecrated his work to the figure and the writings of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face. Among his many literary works about St. Therese, he participated in the New Centenary Edition of the Works of Saint Therese. [translated from the Web site of Editions du Cerf].