St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Virgin and Doctor of the Church


Feast day is celebrated on October 1st

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, or simply "The Little Flower," was a French Roman Catholic nun. She was born on January 2, 1873, in Alençon, France, and died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24.

St. Thérèse is widely recognized as one of the most beloved saints in the Catholic Church. She is known for her "Little Way," which emphasized doing small acts of love and kindness in daily life as a way to grow closer to God. This concept was influenced by her belief in God's infinite love and mercy.

Her autobiography, "The Story of a Soul," documented her spiritual journey and had a profound impact on many followers. In this book, she shared her teachings and experiences of her faith, devotion, and her desire for a life of simplicity and humility.

St. Thérèse entered the Carmelite Order at a young age and dedicated her life to prayer, sacrifice, and love for God. Despite facing various illnesses and challenges, she remained committed to her vocation, demonstrating her strong faith and trust in God's will.

St. Thérèse is regarded as a patron saint of missionaries, aviators, florists, and France. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997, recognizing the depth and significance of her spiritual writings.

Her feast day is celebrated on October 1st. Many people seek her intercession and are inspired by her example of living a life of simplicity, love, and profound trust in God.

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