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In his The Search for St. Therese Father Rohrbach investigates the charges in many recent books, but specifically in Etienne Robo's Two Portraits of St. Therese of Lisieux and Ida Gorre's The Hidden Face, that throughout the years readers have been given a false and misleading picture of the Saint called by Pope Pius X ""the greatest Saint of modern times"". This book is his report of a search for truth, a search to reconstruct the life and personality and message of a canonized saint, and he succeeds admirably in objectively and honestly putting St. Therese once again into proper focus. Father Rohrbach draws heavily for his information on the Processus which is the official record of the trial held to determine Therese's eligibility for canonization and the juridical decision about it. Since the decrees of her canonization have been published officially in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Father Rohrbach concludes that the image presented as a result cannot possibly be false. He feels that the basic enigma of St. Therese's case lies in the contrast between the glory of the years since her death -- the miracles, the amazing accolades of the Popes, the world-wide enthusiasm manifest in devotion to her -- and the undramatic, routine fabric of her life. She, of course, achieved sanctity without going beyond the common order of things in the twenty four years allotted to her on earth, and she presents it to the world in the most clear and simple manner in her Little Way. The Search for St. Therese is painstakingly factual yet absorbing and penetrating. In writing it Father Rohrbach adds an important dimension to the image of St. Therese as the world today should know her.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1961
Publisher: Doubleday