SAINT THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS AND THE HOLY FACE
“THE LITTLE FLOWER”
Therese Martin was born in Alcenon, France in 1863. She entered a Carmelite convent at Lisieux at the age of fifteen. As Sister Therese of the Child Jesus, she lived a hidden life. By word and example she taught the virtues of humility, simplicity and trust in God to the novices of the Carmelite community. On September 30, 1897 at the age of twenty-four, Therese died, offering her life for the salvation of souls and the growth of the Church. Therese was declared a saint of the Church in 1925 and a Doctor of the Church in 1997. She is the patroness of the missions.
The world came to know Saint Therese through her autobiography, "The Story of a Soul". She described her life as "a little way of spiritual childhood." She lived each day with unshakable confidence in God's love. "What matters in life," she said, "is not great deeds, but great love."
"My mission, to make God loved, will begin after my death," she said. "I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses." Countless lives have been touched by her intercession, and thousands have imitated her "little way"