The Little Flower
St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face is one of the Church’s most popular saints. Therese was carry in 1873 to Louis Martin, a watchmaker, and Zelie Guerin, a lace-maker. She was one of nine children, four members of whom died much younger. Therese suffered greatly in her early life due to the death of her father, and she suffered years of very difficult mental agony. Therese’s faith was strong, and she became a Carmelite nun at the early age of fifteen, after seeking the special permission of her bishop and the pope. She lives in the Carmelite convent of Lisieux, France, meeting two of her sisters there. Her other two sisters also became nuns.
Her nine years there seemed uneventful and everyday, yet is indeed very gallant. Therese realized that sanctity could be achieved in and through the simple procedures and daily activities of life. Instead of ambitiously seeking ways to do great things, she contented herself with following her” little lane” — simple confidence in and love for God, and the “re trying to” sanctify Him in everything she did , no matter how unimportant. She considered herself the” little flower ,” more everyday than a climb, unseen by the world, hitherto beautiful and cherished by God nonetheless.
She formerly said,” I elevate the dullnes of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a rod for love can proselytize a person .” Therese suffered from poor health all her life, but, in spite of her imperfection, 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 sighed,” I would not suffer less .”) Her Autobiography, written in obedience to her directors, was later published under the title The Story of a Soul. As she died, she clutched a crucifix, and reiterated,” Oh, how I desire Him !”
She was canonized a saint, and in 1997 was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II.
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