Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Day trip to Lisieux

I caught an early morning train from Paris last Saturday, to arrive in Lisieux at the site of the basilica of St. Therese. Impressive from a distance it may seem, it is decidedly mediocre as a building. The French Oratorian Fr. Louis Bouyer was rather scathing about it in his book 'The Decomposition of Catholicism': I do see his point! Nevertheless, it is a very important shrine to one of the 20th century's greatest saints.

The basilica

The main altar

The crypt

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