OUR PATRON SAINT
Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus
Feast Day October 1
Novena to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love.
O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands… (mention specific request)
Saint Therese, help me to always believe as you did, in God’s great love for me, so that I might imitate your “Little Way” each day.
“My mission – to make God loved – will begin after my death,” she said. “Iwill spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses.”
St. Theresa of Lisieux, also known as St. Theresa of the Child Jesus and The Little Flower, was born in Alençon, France on January 2, 1873. Her parents had nine children, but all five who lived were daughters. Theresa was the youngest child. When she was four and a half years old, her mother died of cancer. Two sisters, Pauline and Marie, joined the Carmelites in Lisieux while another sister, Léonie, joined the Order of the Visitation at Caen.
At fifteen years of age, Theresa entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux. There she lived a life of humility, simplicity and trust in God. By word and example, she taught these virtues to the other nuns in the community. While at the convent, she longed for martyrdom and offered her life for the salvation of souls and the growth of the Church.
It is also at the convent where she wrote her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, where she urged all to follow “The Little Way.” According to Theresa, it is not necessary to accomplish great deeds in order to attain holiness. She died of tuberculosis at the tender age of twenty-four on September 30, 1897.
Pope Pius XI beatified Theresa on April 29, 1923 and canonized her two years later on May 17, 1925. She was proclaimed doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in October 19, 1997.