Books by Ida Friederike Görres (née Coudenhove)
translated into English
Read more about The Hidden Face here.
“One of the most outstanding biographies of a saint
ever written is The Hidden Face,
the life of Thérése of Lisieux, by Ida F. Goerres."
Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., 1990
"This is by far the finest biography of the Little Flower, a translation of the German work by a woman who is one of the most distinguished of living Catholic writers."
Elisabeth Rogers, The Catholic Worker, 1959
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Introduction by Jonathan Bieler
Edited and with an Introduction by
The essay "Saint Joan," first published in Görres's book The Cloister and the World in 1934 (English, 1935), was republished by Frank Sheed in 1949 in Saints Are Not Sad, now back in print in 2023 from Cluny Media.
Reviews of Is Celibacy Outdated?
"There is real gold in this book. The author first weighs various counterfeit motives for celibacy and shows them to be dross. Then she lays open for us the treasury of the virginal priesthood of Christ and shows therein the limitless wealth that is ours for the taking...
"We hear that some Bishops are personally supplying their clergy with copies of the enactments of the Council, so that they will read them. Would that some super-episcopal-mensal-fund might enable them to supply individual copies of this little book too, to priests and seminarians. It would encourage and strengthen vocations, clarify much fuzzy thinking and send many sons of the Resurrection on their way rejoicing."
Sister Consolata, V.S., 1966
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"One of the foremost Catholic writers and thinkers of modem Germany here sets down the challenging, brilliant, startling progress of her controversial ideas on religion, sex and the literature of half a dozen countries. Uncompromising in its honesty, this unique and extraordinary contribution to the self-awareness of modem Europe man has a relevance and importance far beyond the confines of conventional Catholic readership."
Burnes & Oates