thereseAssay: My spiritual master is St. Therese of Lisieux, so when a thoughtful reader emailed me about Heather King's 2011 memoir, Shirt of Flame: A Year with Saint Therese of Lisieux, I was thrilled-and astounded that I hadn't heard about it yet. I'm always trying to get my hands on more St. Therese material, plus I can never resist a good "year-of" memoir.
I couldn't wait to read Shirt of Flame, and I found it fascinating, for many reasons. One passage struck me in particular.
In the study of happiness, I'm always fascinated and moved when I see a person choose to react in a way that boosts happiness or love or forgiveness, when circumstances made that choice difficult.
In her spiritual memoir Story of a Soul (which was one of the book-club choices for this month, by the way), St. Therese gives many examples about this from her own life-for instance, the moment of her "complete conversion," where she acted selflessly by showing a greedy joy in her Christmas presents. InRead More »from Can Refusing to Give Compliments Be an Act of Love?