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Saturday, October 1, 2005
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
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Memorial (1969 Calendar): October 1
Double (1955 Calendar): October 3

Known as the Saint of the Little Flower as well as the greatest saint of modern times, St. Thérèse of Lisieux (also called St. Therese of the Child Jesus) died at a young age in a monastery but lived her short life with great love. She was born on January 2, 1873, to a watchmaker and a lace maker. Her mother, the lacemaker, died when Thérèse was only 4 years old. Both of her parents have been declared Venerable by the Church.

St. Thérèse became a Carmelite nun at age 15. She described her simple path to sanctification and spirituality as "The Little Way". I highly recommend her autobiography, Story of a Soul, as well as Maruice & Therese, a book of letters between St. Thérèse and a struggling young priest . At 7pm on Thursday, September 30, 1897, St. Thérèse died of tuberculosis.

She is the patron saint of France, missionaries, florists, and the concerns of children to name a few. She has been called the greatest saint of modern times. There are nearly a countless number of people claiming her intercession in their lives including Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN. Countless numbers of miracles have been attributed to her. After all, Thérèse said that she wished to spend her entire time in Heaven by doing good on earth. 
"Our Lord does not come down from Heaven every day to lie in a golden ciborium. He comes to find another heaven which is infinitely dearer to him - the heaven of our souls, created in His Image, the living temples of the Adorable Trinity." --Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
I even remember one story a long time ago on T.V. about a man that was involved in a car accident. He was told he would never walk or talk again, so his mother began to say a prayer for the intercession of St. Thérèse. Then one day during the winter when snow covered the ground, the woman got out of her car after getting home from seeing her son in a nursing home, and she saw a brilliant red rose amongst the snow. She rushed inside knowing that roses are promised to those whose prayers are heard by St. Thérèse. The mother then received a phone call claiming her son was walking around now and talking. It's just amazing.

"Oh! no, you will see...it will be like a shower of roses. After my death, you will go to the mail box, and you will find many consolations." --St. Thérèse replying about how many would sorrow after her death.

For a virtual tour of the National Shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux, please click here.

Prayers:
 
Dear Little Flower of Lisieux, how wonderful was the short life you led. Though cloistered, you went far and wide through fervent prayers and great sufferings. You obtained from God untold helps and graces for his evangelists. Help all missionaries in their work and teach all of us to spread Christianity in our own neighborhoods and family circles. Amen.

O Little Flower of Jesus, ever consoling troubled souls with heavenly graces, in your unfailing intercession I place my trust. From the Heart of Our Blessed Savior petition these blessing of which I stand in greatest need (mention here). Shower upon me your promised roses of virtue and grace, dear Saint Therese, so that swiftly advancing in sanctity and in perfect love of neighbor, I may someday receive the crown of eternal life. Amen.

O Lord, Who has said: Unless you become as little children you shall not enter into the Kingdom of heaven: grant unto us, we beseech Thee, so to follow in humility and simplicity of heart the footsteps of Saint Teresa, the Virgin, that we may obtain everlasting rewards: Who livest and reignest.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

4 comments:

del_button October 1, 2005 at 3:59 PM
Hector said...

I don't know why but I hear more confirmed and answered intercessions from St. Therese than I hear from any other saint...

del_button July 28, 2008 at 4:19 PM
Mary Jane Hurley Brant said...

She was such a sweet saint, St. Therese and has done many wonderful things for me. My daughter, Katie, had many qualities like her.
Mary Jane Hurley Brant, M.S.,CGP
www.wheneverydaymatters.com

del_button September 30, 2009 at 8:30 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you Matthew for this webpage. It is a good thing you are doing.

del_button August 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Yaw Lee said...

I have read her autobiography, Story of a Soul. It is indeed beautiful! Her knowledge of God is her own, based on her personal experience with Him. I'm blessed to have witnessed it.

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