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Over the years, a number of prominent people have become devotees of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. These include:

Kostel Nejsvětější Trojice (Fulnek) – idt-003

Statue of St. Thérèse at the Most Holy Trinity Church, Fulnek, Czech Republic

  • Edith Piaf - French singer - " Shortly after her birth Edith developed a cataract. She was blind for almost three years. Her grandmother, Louise, took her to Lisieux. She saw. It was a real miracle for Edith. She always believed this. Since that time she had a real devotion to St Thérèse of the Child Jesus...she always had a small picture of the saint on her bedside table." (Simone Berteaut, Edith Piaf's sister). [1]
  • Louise Brooks - American dancer and actress
  • Alain Mimoun - Olympics champion
  • Albino Luciani - Pope John Paul I - " Dear little Thérèse , I was seventeen when I read your autobiography. It struck me forcibly...Once you had chosen the path of complete dedication to God, nothing could stop you: not illness, nor opposition from outside, nor the mists or inner darkness."
  • Henri Bergson - Nobel prize winner
  • Claudia Koll - Italian actress
  • Don Luigi Orione - Italian saint
  • Francesco Forgione - Italian saint popularly known as Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
  • Charles Maurras - French author and political philosopher
  • Jacques Fesch - French murderer turned devotee
  • Ada Negri - Italian poet
  • Giovanni Papini - Italian critic and journalist
  • Giuseppe Moscati - Italian saint
  • Maria Valtorta - Catholic mystic
  • Delia Smith - British cookery writer - " Thérèse ..not only personified the first beatitude but is, I am deeply convinced, the supreme teacher in regard to the spiritual life." [2]
  • Francis Bourne - British Cardinal
  • Lucie Delarue-Mardrus - French writer - " the Carmelite-apparition..appeared, roses in hand, in the midst of an era which grieves and terrifies poets...Thérèse is my fellow-countrywoman, and almost my contemporary. I do not wish to let her glorious entry into sanctity pass by without honoring her in my own way. And besides, she is henceforth public property." (Introducing her book, 1926, on Thérèse).
  • Marc Sangnier - Founder of Le Sillon - " May Thérèse from on high support us and show us how to be more one with Jesus."

Notes

  1. p.224 Guy Gaucher The Spiritual Journey of St.Thérèse of Lisieux ISBN 0-232-51713-4
  2. A Journey into God Delia Smith p.221 ISBN 0-340-49043-8

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