|Painting of Therese by her sister, Sr Celine|
(at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Darien, IL).
But those are just the superficial reasons for calling Therese a media nun. According to Blessed James Alberione, a media apostle is someone who carries Jesus in his or her heart and radiates him to others through all available forms of communication. For Therese, the most accessible form of communication was the same one used so effectively by St. Paul: letter writing.
Therese's letters (1300 pages of them!) far outweigh the total output of Story of a Soul, those six notebooks of autobiographical reflection set in writing under obedience to her sister (and superior). In those letters, Therese applied her "little Way" to the varied situations of the receivers, communicating to them the treasure that God had so generously revealed to her.
But that is not all.
- The Apostolate of the Interior Life
- The Apostolate of Desires
- The Apostolate of Prayer
- The Apostolate of Example
- The Apostolate of Suffering
- The Apostolate of Beneficence (which he describes in terms of love of neighbor)
Thanks be to God, we have this appealing witness, this extraordinary sister in Christ!
Story of a Soul
Letters of St Therese (vol. 1)
Letters of St Therese (vol. 2)
St. Therese of Lisiex: Her Last Conversations
Holy Daring: The Fearless Trust of St Therese of Lisieux
My Vocation is Love: St Therese's Way to Total Trust
Therese of Lisieux (Saints by Our Side series)
Search for the Hidden Garden: A Discovery with St Therese (story book)
St Therese of Lisieux: The Way of Love (chapter book)