St. Therese of Lisieux

Saint Therese

Therese was born in France in 1873, on January 2nd. She was the pampered daughter of a mother who had wanted to be a saint and a father who had wanted to be monk. From an early age it was Therese’s wish to be a saint. Her early childhood was broken by the death of her mother (from breast cancer). At only 4 years old, she felt the pain of separation and turned to the Virgin Mary for comfort and reassurance. When Therese saw her sisters praying to statue of Mary in her room, Therese also prayed. She saw Mary smile at her and suddenly she was cured.

Therese started to worry about how she could achieve holiness in the life she led. She didn't want to just be good, she wanted to be a saint. She thought there must be a way for people living hidden, little lives like hers.

She was known as “the little flower of Jesus”, or simply “the little flower”. She was drawn to pray for sinners. In 1888 at the early age of 15, she became a nun, and she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God.

Several months later, she suffered a haemoptysis, the first sign of the illness which would lead to her death. Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God, and rooted in His merciful love. After a long struggle of with tuberculosis, she died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. Her last words were the story of her life: "My God, I love You!"

I chose St. Therese because she is an example for many young Catholics, how to trust in God, even in tough situations, and believe that God is always with you, even in times of sickness, like Therese and her mother.

I think this saint is important in Christianity, because she is an example of a true catholic, who will never lose trust in God, and will agree with His will, especially when she got a incurable disease, she continued to pray and trust that God will never leave her side.

St. Therese teaches us that no matter what, God will never leave us, and only by believing, we can overcome many difficulties in life.

The lessons from St. Therese’s life can help us everyday, because when we pray, we have to believe that God is listening, and if things don’t happen right away or the way we want it, we have to understand that God has different plans.

The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Therese, the Little Flower, on October 1st each year. This date was chosen because Therese died on September 30th.

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