The Smallest Spark


by John D. Wright

Not many teenage girls would take interest in the eternal welfare of a convicted murderer. Even fewer would have interest in becoming a nun cut off from the outside world-while still a teenager. And still fewer would be able to discern a meaningful significance to suffering in general. Thérèse Martin did all that and more. She embraced all the suffering she could handle both physically and spiritually, striving to offer all of it so that good could be brought of it until her death at the age of twenty-four. This book attempts to narrate from multiple perspectives the hidden life of an unknown girl who, after her death, would come to be known as the Greatest Saint of Modern Times.

About the Author

Like Thérèse, John D. Wright is an ordinary person who has never been looking to make a name for himself. Since reading Thérèse’s autobiography in 2009, he has immersed himself in her literature while also engaging seminary studies. A native millennial of Savannah, Georgia, who majored in criminal justice at the University of Georgia and enjoys video games, movies, martial arts, roller coasters, and laser tag, John stands as a perfect example of a seemingly random person who has joined a host of others in feeling great affection for an obscure young girl who lived and died in the late nineteenth century.  John is a seminarian for the Diocese of Savannah.

Year of Study:
Theology IV
Anticipated Ordination:
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, FL
Home Parish:
St. James, Savannah, GA


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