St. Therese of Lisieux

Other names: The Little Flower, St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Patron saint of missions, bodily ills

Feast Day – October 1

St. Therese was born to Blessed Luis and Blessed Marie Martin on January 2, 1873 in Normandy, France into a devout St. ThereseCatholic family.  She was the youngest of nine children, of which only five daughters survived to adulthood.  As a child, she could be demanding, selfish and a bit spoiled.  Her mother had passed away when she was four and she was doted on by her father and sisters.  However, she had two miracles touch her young life.  First, at the age of 8, she was healed of a serious illness by the intercession of Our Lady.  And then at 14, her spirit was transformed by a vision of the Christ Child.  She entered a Carmelite monastery only a couple of years later, where she maintained a close, intimate relationship with Christ and developed what is referred to as her “Little Way”.   Her “Little Way” involved devoting every daily task, no matter how mundane or tiresome, to God.  She was always making little sacrifices in her life to bring her closer to her Lord.  She even wrote a book later published as The Story of a Soul, saying, “What is important in life is not great deeds, but great love.” She died at the age of 24 after a long struggle with tuberculosis.

She is quoted as saying, “My mission – to make God loved – will begin after my death. I will spend my heaven doing good on earth.  I will send a shower of roses.”  Those devoted to praying to St. Therese for her intercession, have said that they can smell the scent of roses in the air after their prayers.

We chose St. Therese as the patron saint of our family just recently because we felt it was someone our children could relate too.  She could be spirited and demanding, which sounds all too familiar in our family, but she also devoted her daily tasks to God.  She even had Good deed beads and Sacrifice deeds to try to draw her closer to the Lord, accounting for what she did during each day.  My children too, can work on their own good deeds and small sacrifices, drawing them closer to the Little Flower and our Lord.

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