Feast of St Therese of Lisieux

St Therese was born on January 2, 1873 in Alencon, France, the youngest of nine children. Her mother died when Therese was just four years old. At the age of 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux, and took the religious name of Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. St Therese loved flowers and saw herself as “the little flower of Jesus”, who gave glory to God simply by being her beautiful little self among all the other flowers in God’s garden.  She lived and taught a spirituality of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love. She died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925 and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997.

You can read more about her life at the Web page of the Society of the Little Flower or you can watch a short video on YouTube.