St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of LisieuxSt. Thérèse of Lisieux

The Little Flower

St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face is one of the Church’s most popular saints. Therese was endure in 1873 to Louis Martin, a watchmaker, and Zelie Guerin, a lace-maker. She was one of nine children, four members of whom died very young. Therese suffered greatly in her early life due to the death of her mom, and she accepted years of very difficult mental pang. Therese’s faith was strong, and she became a Carmelite nun at the early age of fifteen, after requesting the special permission of her bishop and the pope. She lived in the Carmelite convent of Lisieux, France, attaching two of her sisters there. Her other two sisters too became nuns.

Her nine years there seemed uneventful and regular, yet is indeed very epic. Therese realized that sanctity could be achieved in and through the simple routines and daily work of life. Instead of ambitiously seeking to do great things, she contented herself with following her” little path” — simple confidence in and cherish for God, and the attempt to venerate Him in everything she did , no matter how immaterial. She considered herself the” little flower ,” more everyday than a climb, unseen by the world, yet beautiful and cherished by God nonetheless.

She once said,” I opt the monotony of fog relinquish to all ecstasies. To pick up a rod for love can alter a feeling .” Therese suffered from poor health all their own lives, but, in spite of her debility, she spent many hours of hard work in the convent laundry and refectory.

During her last year of life, she contracted tuberculosis and suffered greatly before dying at the very young age of twenty-four.( The period of her fatality she mumbled,” I would not suffer less .”) Her Autobiography, written in obedience to her superiors, was later published under the title The Story of a Soul. As she died, she clutched a crucifix, and reiterated,” Oh, how I adoration Him !”

She was canonized a saint, and in 1997 was affirmed a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II.

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