Thursday, 1 October 2009

Does this remind you of anyone?

The following is an extract from The Independent of 30 September 2009 about the current journey of the remains of St Therese of Lisieux:

" "St Thérèse was a simple person, she didn't do anything spectacular," ... "She lived in a convent in Normandy and died when she was 24. But she showed that through simple, everyday things you could do God's will."
"When she died she had done so little that the nuns had nothing to put in her obituary," said another pilgrim,... "But then it was discovered she had written her memoirs." The book was published as The Story of a Soul. It became an international bestseller. "She became a saint for ordinary people."
...Sister Thérèse, the 75-year-old Reverend Mother of the convent that hosted Monday's gathering. ... she has spent the last 47 years inside the monastery. ... "She didn't have visions or anything like that," the old nun said, explaining why her namesake is such a draw. "But she made people look at God in a different way. People in her time saw God as a distant figure to be feared, but she saw God as a friend." So much so that she used tu to address God in her writing – although her nuns changed this to the more formal vous in early editions for fear of shocking a general readership."

I encountered this after Meeting but as you can imagine it set me thinking about Fox and the shock of the Quakers to 17th Century society manners which happened to be something we had been talking about in the library after Lunchtime Meeting. Strange thing co-incidence isn't it?Also a learning experience when I talked about it to the friend I was with just after I read it and tried explaining Friends in their 17th Century context.

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