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Chapter 2

About This Episode

On this episode, Simone Rizkallah, Director of Program Growth, is joined by Stephanie Burke and Claire Dwyer from the Avila Institute to discuss Chapter 2 from the Endow Study Guide on St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

Show Notes

In this episode, we chat about how the story of Thérèse's life demonstrates the paradox of the hidden life and how each of us is called to understand our stories and the plan, mission, and work God has in store for us. We discuss the transition from her ideal childhood as well as the traumas and challenges. We invite you to consider how being too busy gets in the way of the contemplative life that really sparks a personal vocation no matter what season of life you are in.

Discussion Questions

1. Do you remember any “God consciousness” moments as a child? Moments when you either felt

God’s presence or had a glimpse of eternity?

2. Did you incur wounds as a child that may have marked your relationship with God your whole life?

Thérèse’s childhood wounds brought her very close to Jesus. Have yours?

Quotes To Ponder

"I choose all!"- St. Thérèse of Lisieux

“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” -St. Thérèse of Lisieux