« Thérèse de Lisieux ou la brûlure d’amour »
« Thérèse of Lisieux or Burning with Love »
5 May – 16 September 2012
The ‘Association of Friends of Thérèse and the Lisieux Carmel’ in collaboration with the Ars Latina, the Carmel of Lisieux, and the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, present an exhibition from 4 May to 16 September 2012, of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux or Burning with Love.
This exhibition, comprises 36 photographic panels of 1.40 metres high, is built around the different aspects of love that has shaped the life of Thérèse:
- love for her family (her environment, family, Our Blessed Lady, the Carmelite Order, the Saints, and of course, Jesus – child, suffering, and risen);
- love for people of her time;
- love for people beyond this earthly life.
The exhibition aims to be shown in places of solitude and distress – prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, public places … to show the extraordinary fertility of the life of Thérèse with her double message of hope. The exposition is saying, first, that Thérèse is a source of grace and abundant consolation to all who suffer and who call upon Jesus; and secondly, that no life, as poor and limited though it be, is necessarily wasted – that is the life of Thérèse herself who had always suffered, and who died at the age of 24 years (1873-1897), in Carmel, where she lived.
Love, which had burned in Thérèse throughout her short existence, had seen her through suffering to open-up to Life. Anyone who goes to school in her Little Way of trust and love can, like her, become fruitful for all one’s sisters and brothers.
Having viewed the exhibition, those who wish are invited to leave prayer requests to be forwarded to the Carmel of Lisieux. The Carmelite nuns will pray for these intentions.