St Therese

A Simple Life

She was born In Alençon, France on January 2, 1873. She moved to Lisieux in 1877. She was raised in a deeply religious household. She entered the Carmelite convent at age 15. She suffered from depression. She was raised by her aunt and older sister. She had 9 siblings. 4 of which died at an early age. Most of her sisters joined the Carmelite convent. She also had a Mother and father. Therese was very ill and when she prayed to Mary she was instantly cured. Her sister was the one that mainly gave care to her and her brothers and sisters. At 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. She was very sensitive and very over protective. She became a nun at age fifteen. She had a powerful energetic spirit. She turned her great love to God. She is now a saint.


St. Therese is known for miracles. When she was a little girl she was sick. Her sisters prayed to a statue of Mary in her room. The statue of Mary smiled at her and she was instantly healed. She wished to join a convent just like her sisters did. She asked the Carmelite authorities for permission to enter when she was fifteen. They said no, but that she could ask the bishop. She asked and he said yes. She decided to live out her life by joining the Carmelite Nuns. People say that to his dying day Bishop Hugonin of Bayeux never forgot her. She was very strong willed. She said, "My mission - to make God loved - will begin after my death, I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses." We benefit from her existence because she was so loyal to God. She gave every single moment of her life to God.


St. Therese was known as a Doctor of the Church, officially declared by John Paul II in 1997. She joined the Carmelite nuns at age 15. She also suffered from depression. She was canonized in 1925. She wrote autobiography called “Story of a Soul”, it was published in September 1898. Her Baptism was in January, 1873. Her first communion was May, 1884. Her Confirmation was June, 1884. On Sunday November 20, 1887, she gained an audience with Pope Leo XIII. She was refused entry into the Carmelite nuns St. Therese was known as a Doctor of the Church, officially declared by John Paul II in 1997. She joined the Carmelite nuns at age 15. She also suffered from depression. She was canonized in 1925. She wrote autobiography called “Story of a Soul”, it was published in September 1898. Her Baptism was in January, 1873. Her first communion was May, 1884. Her Confirmation was June, 1884. On Sunday November 20, 1887, she gained an audience with Pope Leo XIII. She was refused entry into the Carmelite nuns multiple times. Therese developed a “little way” she said this about her little way, "It is impossible for me to grow up, so I must bear with myself such as I am with all my imperfections. But I want to seek out a means of going to heaven by a little way, a way that is very straight, very short and totally new." St. Therese’s feast day is October first. The Carmelite nuns benefitted from her when she joined them. The most impressive thing about her was her pleasant and unselfish manner even though she suffered from depression, scruples, and even religious doubts.

The Story of St Therese of Lisieux

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