St. Therese of Lisieux

By, Totoy Ilagan, Amy Barry, Sophie Thieneman

About St. Therese

St. Therese was born on January 2nd, 1873 in Alencon, France. St. Therese was a humble little girl that struggled in her early life. He mother died when she was four. When she turned eight she entered into the Benedictine Abbey School. She did not flourish at this school, and she was very unhappy. That led to depression, and she was home schooled by one of her four sisters. Then the sister that home schooled her left to go to school, and St. Therese felt like she lost a second mother. Then she suffered a painful illness for three weeks. Her sisters got her a statue of a Virgin Mary at the foot of her bed and she was healed. She went to enter into the Carmelite convent of Lisieux at age 14, but she got rejected because of her young age. After this rejection her father supported her vocation, and they went to see the Bishop. After seeing the Bishop she was still rejected. She went to Rome, and while in Rome she saw the Pope. She begged the Pope to enter the convent, and he replied if it’s Gods will for you. At age 15 she entered because she felt that Jesus was calling her. Her early life as a child led to her religious influence on the world. The events up above led to her future, and her road to becoming a saint.

Saint Therese was important because she entered the convent at a very young age, and she had total acceptance for Gods will and she didn’t complain. She also had two spontaneous cures unexplained by medical treatment. At 14, Therese wanted to enter the Carmelite convent because she felt that it was a divine call. Because she was so young, the superior of the Carmelite convent refused to take her, so she went with her father to the bishop who did not grant Therese’s entrance at the time. Then the next year, she went to visit the pope but was forbidden to speak to him. When she saw him she begged him to let her in the convent at age 15 because it was Gods will, but two guards carried her away. Luckily, the general of the Carmelite convent saw her courageous act and was impressed, and soon after, she was admitted to the convent at age 15, which was very young. She is also important because of her spontaneous cures unexplained by medical treatment. One was for sister Louise of St. Germaine, who was cured of a stomach ulcer. Another one was an old seminarian who was dying of advanced pulmonary tuberculosis. The night she was dying, someone prayed to Therese, and the next day, the doctor announced that the damaged lungs had mysteriously been replaced by two new working lungs. The entering of the convent at a very young age, the miraculous cures, and her total acceptance of Gods call for her is why she became a saint.

St. Therese’s holiness is based on doing the little things with great love. She had total acceptance for God’s will and never complained. She is also important because of her spontaneous cures and unexplainable medication. She is now a Patroness of Universal Missions. She died of tuberculosis on September 30, 1897. She had four sisters and four of her siblings died. She is known for her doctrine of the little ways to reach the height of holiness. More than 500,000 people came to the St. Peter’s basilica when she was getting canonized. She worked her hardest to help care for the sick and dying nuns. The feast of St. Therese is on October 1st and it celebrates her. She claims that holiness is not gained by efforts, its God touching and transforming even the most ordinary life. She was also known for entering the covenant at a young age.

St. Therese of Lisieux ~ The Little Way


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