St. Thérèse of Lisieux VOLUME ONE Arbai SIPH General Correspondence Translated from the Original manuscripts by John Clarke, O.C.D Letter writing at the turn of the last century was an important activity for the people of France. Those who received letters from family and friends alike usually kept the handwritten texts sent to them as precious gifts. That is why this collection of letters by one of the greatest saints of modern times is so interesting to us today. Personal letters to people we confide in, expose the person unmistakably clear. They bring out one's diverse qualities, hidden treasures, cryptic feelings and emotions, the avenue one follows to reach the goal, the perspectives one nurses, the ideals one cherishes, one's utter sincerity and intensity of love. The missives found in this volume reveal the communications of warm personal sentiments along with expressions of lively spiritual development.