October 1, 2022
The Little Flower
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face is among the Church’s hottest saints. Thérèse was born in 1873 to Louis Martin, a watchmaker, and Zelie Guerin, a lace-maker. She was one in every of 9 kids, 4 of whom died very younger. Thérèse suffered enormously in her formative years as a result of demise of her mom, and she or he endured years of very tough psychological anguish. Thérèse’s religion was sturdy, and she or he turned a Carmelite nun on the early age of fifteen, after requesting the particular permission of her bishop and the pope. She lived within the Carmelite convent of Lisieux, France, becoming a member of two of her sisters there. Her different two sisters additionally turned nuns.
Her 9 years there appeared uneventful and unusual, but have been very heroic. Thérèse realized that sanctity may very well be achieved in and thru the straightforward routines and day by day work of life. Instead of ambitiously searching for to do nice issues, she contented herself with following her “little means” — easy belief in and love for God, and the try to glorify Him in the whole lot she did, regardless of how insignificant. She thought-about herself the “little flower,” extra unusual than a rose, unseen by the world, but lovely and cherished by God nonetheless.
She as soon as mentioned, “I favor the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To choose up a pin for love can convert a soul.” Thérèse suffered from poor well being all her life, however, despite her frailty, she spent many hours of onerous work within the convent laundry and refectory.
During her final yr of life, she contracted tuberculosis and suffered enormously earlier than dying on the very younger age of twenty-four. (The day of her demise she murmured, “I might not undergo much less.”) Her Autobiography, written in obedience to her superiors, was later printed underneath the title The Story of a Soul. As she died, she clutched a crucifix, and repeated, “Oh, how I like Him!”
She was canonized a saint, and in 1997 was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II.
Other Saints We Remember Today
St. Remigius (Remi) (530), Bishop