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May 28, 2010
The Four Teresas: Therese of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, Teresa Benedicta, Mother Teresa
By Br. Benet S. Exton *

By Br. Benet S. Exton *

 Loehr, Gina.  Servant Books: Cincinnati, Ohio. April 2010. ISBN 978-0-86716-944-7. 

Gina Loehr’s latest book is not a piece of pious fluff. Instead, she was written a book that will inspire the reader with the lives of four holy women who shared the name Teresa.  Three of these women are Carmelites: St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese, and St. Teresa Benedicta. The fourth, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, started out as a sister of the order of Our Lady of Loreto. She eventually founded her own order: the Missionaries of Charity.  In essence, all four are women who gave their lives to God and did so out of love.

Loehr, who has a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, presents these holy women as the human beings they were. She also shows how they eventually became saints. 

One of the most encouraging aspects of the book is that the author shows that we can follow their example and become saints too.  The book offers first-hand quotes from the writings of these 4 women

Loehr provides endnotes and a bibliography. Her book can be used for group or private study and questions for reflection are provided at the end of each chapter.  This book is highly recommended to those interested in these four Teresas.

Br. Benet Exton, O.S.B., St. Gregory's University, Shawnee, Oklahoma.
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