I am a great fan of St. Joan of Arc, a saint also for our day. Also, I am indebted to St. Thérèse for help with my vocation in the dark days of my US seminary nightmare. She was instrumental in my continuation (including sign of roses).
I saw something about St. Thérèse and her photo dressed as Joan of Arc at ChurchPop which I didn’t know. They picked it up from a tweet or some other such gizmo.
It is poignant. It is illustrative.
In this brief glimpse into the life of St. Thérèse you can see something of the cruelty of liberals with their “fake news” and others who hate the Church such as those entangled in Freemasonry.
The Surprising Little-Known Story Behind St. Thérèse’s Famous Joan of Arc Photo
I never knew the background of my favorite photo of Saint Thérèse playing Joan of Arc until recently when a friend told me about it. It’s fascinating. Apparently, a man under the name Leo Taxil published a number of autobiographies featuring Freemason conversions to Catholicism. The most popular was an autobiography of Diana Vaughan, whose conversion she said was influenced by Joan of Arc. Diana’s story was wildly popular and made it inside the Carmel walls. Thérèse loved her story and sent Diana this photo of her playing Joan of Arc.
In April of 1897, Leo Taxil called a press conference and revealed to the crowd of 400 people that he was Diana Vaughan. The entire thing was a ruse to demonstrate the gullibility of French Catholics. His prop that evening? A giant projected picture of this photograph of Thérèse, a symbol of the naive religious person. It was a terrible humiliation for Thérèse. She tore up the letter she had received from “Diana.”
Months later, Thérèse would face death. As death approached, she struggled with a great darkness, living the experience of those who do not believe. Certainly this experience was informed by her recent great humiliation. But Thérèse bravely offered this “bread of sorrow” for those who do not believe. Despite her bitter trials, she knew that Light was on the other side of darkness.