The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

“My God! I love you!” - Last words of St. Therese of Lisieux On September 30, 1897, Therese Martin, Sr. Therese of the Child Jesus, quitted her 24-year-old body and entered into eternity. The “Little Flower,” (a name she called herself which became emblematic of her relationship with the great gardener, God) was the ninth … Continue reading The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The movie is better. Much better, in fact. In 1903, Baroness Orczy wrote a successful stage play about a foppish English noble who mastered the art of “disguise and redirect” in order to save the lives of French royals destined for the Madame Guillotine during the Reign of Terror. Building on the success of The … Continue reading The Scarlet Pimpernel

Helena

On September 29, 1930, Evelyn Waugh, the author of Vile Bodies and other ultra-post-modern works, entered the Catholic Church. Three weeks later, the Daily Express published an essay by the convert entitled “Converted to Rome: Why It Has Happened.”  In that essay, Waugh explained his choice to submit to ultra-orthodoxy in an age which desperately … Continue reading Helena