Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette

Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love

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Publication date: March 10, 2014

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In Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love author, speaker, and retreat leader Elizabeth Ficocelli introduces her readers to three remarkable women saints who became not only her role models, but also her life-changing friends. Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette taught Ficocelli about faith, hope, and love, and showed her what true Catholic womanhood looks like.

Some of the best saint stories are not about wonder-workers, but rather the everyday saints—friends who understand the challenges of marriage and motherhood and the banalities of day-to-day life. Bestselling author Elizabeth Ficocelli discovered three such friends in Thérèse of Lisieux, Faustina of the Divine Mercy, and Bernadette of Lourdes. The witness of their lives moved Ficocelli to cultivate the virtues of faith, hope, and love as she journeyed from a successful career as a marketing executive to what she found was a more authentic, even counter-cultural Catholic womanhood. Ficocelli offers women the wisdom of these saints for their own spiritual journeys.

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Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594713743

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A beautiful, important, and timely reminder.”

    “Elizabeth Ficocelli’s newest title is a beautiful, important, and timely reminder that we are all on journeys that begin here on earth and end when we take up residence in our heavenly homes. If you’ve never considered the ways in which friendships can be developed with the saints, Ficocelli’s work subtly encourages you to do so—and gently reminds you that there will be eternal rewards!”

    Cheryl Dickow
    President of Bezalel Books

  • “An enlightening read!”

    Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette is more than a simple recounting of the lives of three spiritual giants. In this book, Elizabeth Ficocelli shares how the companionship of her ‘journey partners’ has profoundly influenced her. For those of us endeavoring daily along the path to heaven, Ficocelli has unveiled some of the major pieces we need in assembling our own spiritual puzzles. An enlightening read!”

    Lisa M. Hendey
    Author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms

  • “Tender, honest, introspective, and deeply personal.”


    “Tender, honest, introspective, and deeply personal, this book provides beautiful witness to the loveliness and wonder of the feminine genius! Elizabeth Ficocelli reminds us in this gem of a book that we should all seek to acquire friendship with the saints and grow in the theological virtues. I highly recommend this book!”

    Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
    Author of Under the Mantle

  • “Will help anyone who also experiences challenges.”

    “With openness and candor, Elizabeth Ficocelli reveals her personal experiences of living the challenges of her Catholic faith. Her peace and joy come in meeting these challenges by embracing the cross though the grace of prayer and the sacraments, as well as following the example of newfound friends, her favorite saints. This book will help anyone who also experiences challenges in life through the assistance of some wonderful friends!”

    Mother Mary Assumpta Long
    Prioress General
    Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

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