“Secrets of history” of Monday, November 22, 2021: this week “Thérèse, the little saint of Lisieux”. See you at 9:05 p.m. on France 3 or on France.TV. to see or re-watch this program already broadcast in replay for 7 days.

Stéphane Bern and “Secrets d’histoire” take you to 19th century Normandy, to discover Thérèse Martin, alias Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, one of the most popular saints of the Catholic religion, known and loved throughout the world whole.

Born in 1873 in Alençon in Normandy, little Thérèse Martin was driven by an unusual ambition: to become a great saint… At fifteen, she moved heaven and earth to enter the Carmel of Lisieux, a most austere convent. To the point of going to Rome, to the Vatican, to solicit the Pope in person!

Once she became a nun, Thérèse faced the challenges of life in a cloistered community of 26 women: cold, rising at dawn, tasteless food, everyday monotony, relationship difficulties with her companions …

Patiently, however, Sister Thérèse traces what she calls her “little path”: a path to holiness made up of small, very simple gestures of love. On the advice of one of her sisters, Thérèse puts her experience down to paper. Under the title Story of a Soul, this autobiography will be sold after his death in 500 million copies and translated around the world!

However, the day after her death at 24 from tuberculosis, Thérèse experienced immediate and unexpected glory. Less than thirty years later, the little Norman nun was recognized as a saint, becoming one of the pillars of a renewed faith thanks to her and each year attracting to Lisieux nearly 800,000 admirers, Catholics or not!

From Alençon to Lisieux via Bayeux, Paris, Bologna or Rome, Stéphane Bern takes us step by step through the fascinating journey of this adventurer in a bure dress. He opens to us his childhood home, Les Buissonnets, the extraordinary basilica erected after his death, and above all, by special and extremely rare authorization, the very interior of the Carmel of Lisieux, still in operation today.

Sister Marie, prioress of the Carmel of Lisieux
Hélène Mongin, biographer
Christiane Rancé, essayist
Henri Quantin, writer
Antoinette Guise-Castelnuovo, historian
Didier-Marie Golay, Carmelite brother and biographer
Laurence Panontin, reception service manager, Lisieux sanctuary
Father Thierry Hénault-Morel, rector of the sanctuary of Alençon
Guy Fournier, deacon, sanctuary of Alençon
Damien Thomas, Secretary General, Sanctuary of Alençon
Claire Houis, director of the Maison des Buissonnets in Lisieux
Dominique-Marie Dauzet, canon Prémontré
Emmanuel Houis, general secretary, Lisieux sanctuary
Natasha St-Pier, singer

, ” | (Re) Discover with @bernstephane the pious and intense life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. She is considered “the greatest Saint of Modern Times”.

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