Therese of Lisieux

St Therese was born on the 2nd of January 1873 and died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 in 1897.

 

She was the youngest daughter of Louis and Zelie Martin who are both canonised as Saints.
Therese was a Carmelite nun. She was frail of health and suffered from depression.
She was the spoilt youngest daughter of her widowed father.
Yet she became a much-loved Saint.

 

She is one of the patrons of the Missions even though she never left Europe. Yet she prayed for the Missions.

 

Hers was the ‘little way‘  doing the ordinary things of life well.
She wanted to be in the heart of God. God’s love was her great passion.

 

Her autobiography, written under obedience, is a Spiritual classic worth reading.

 

When told off by a Priest for falling asleep during prayers she replied that parents delight in their children even when they are asleep!

 

She wanted to imitate the great Saints like  Teresa of Avila.
Hers was the ‘little way’.
Doing all things with love in the everyday.

 

She let the love of God transform her.

 

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