Friday, October 1, 2021
St. Thérèse of Lisieux lived in late 19th century France. She is also called “The Little Flower of Jesus”. Her mother died when Thérèse was only 4 years old. A few yeare later, her older sister, who had been like a second mother to her, entered a cloistered Carmelite monastery. This was a great loss to Thérèse, but she later followed in her sister’s footsteps and became a Carmelite nun at the age of 15. She was sickly throughout her life and died of tuberculosis in 1897 at age 24.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux is known for her simple holiness. She saw the things she suffered as redemptive suffering, from her poor health to the hardness of cloistered life to dryness in prayer. For her, the path to holiness was “doing of the least actions for love”.
Much of what we know about her is from her memoir Story of a Soul. She thought of herself as the “little flower of Jesus” in God’s garden of many flowers.
The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.
She is the patron saint of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS sufferers, florists, gardeners, and loss of parents. Her feast day is October 1.