Saint Therese of Lisieux
The Little Flower of Jesus by Isaac, Nate, and Landon
When St. Therese was born, the probability of her survival wasn’t very high. Enteritis had already taken the lives of four of her siblings and then threatened to take hers. St Therese’s mother died when she was 4 years old. She became a nun at age 15 and went to the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. On September 30, 1897 St. Therese died from tuberculosis. St. Therese lived each day with her full confidence in God. St. Therese was canonized on May 20, 1925 by Pope Pius XI. If St. Therese had lived she would have been 52 years old when she was canonized. St. Therese was also declared a doctor of the church. Her whole mission in life was to make God loved. St. Therese taught that everyone should attend to everyone and everything well and with love. She believed that we should also have a childlike focus and totally focused love.
St. Therese explained how the divine presence is everywhere, and how everything is connected in God’s loving care. It was so important because it helped people begin to understand some of the power of the Holy Trinity. We can never understand the full power of the Holy Trinity. In order to become a saint four miracles must be associated with you. One of St.Therese’s miracles happened when Charles Anne prayed to her while he was in the hospital with pulmonary tuberculosis and was cured with seemingly new lungs the next morning. The next person that was cured was Gabrielle Trimusi, who had arthritis and tubercular lesions. Maria Pellemans was cured of pulmonary tuberculosis. Sister Louise of St. Germaine was cured of stomach ulcers. St. Therese loved the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit with her whole heart, mind, and soul. St. Therese said, “My mission (to make God loved) will begin after my death.”
St. Therese believed that every little bit counts in everything you do. When she was young, she was making the bed, and thought she was doing something important! When she was sick and young, she prayed to the statue of Mary just like her sisters did, praying that she would be healed from her illness. Therese said she was praying one day, to the statue of Mary, and then saw the statue smile at her, and she was healed. She wanted to keep the reason of her healing of illness a secret, but eventually told her family because she was so curious. Her sisters did not believe her, passing the story on as made up. If you’re having trouble with your relationship with God, or people do not believe you in a situation, just look to Saint Therese for help and guidance. We celebrate Saint Therese on October 1st, through mass and prayer. I hope you all learned something from this.
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