October 1st – Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Catholics of all ages admire this young saint, called the “Little Flower”. Though she was only 24 when she died, she left us with a profound example to follow. She is known for her “little way”, which was doing little things for Christ with great love.

Thérèse is the patron saint of missions, though she never went on one. She prayed and made sacrifices for those on missions and so became a “spiritual missionary.” She took every chance to sacrifice, no matter how small it seemed. She smiled at the sisters she didn’t like. She ate everything she was given without complaining. Once she was accused of breaking a vase when she was not at fault. Instead of arguing, she sank to her knees and begged forgiveness. These little sacrifices cost her more than bigger ones, for these went unrecognized by others. She offered it all to Christ quietly in her heart. St. Thérèse died of tuberculosis in 1897 and was was canonized in 1925.

Info taken from Catholic Online.

Both Thérèse’s parents were canonized this last year. Saint Thérèse of Liseux is a Doctor of the Church.

“My strength lies in prayer and sacrifice; they are invincible weapons, and touch hearts more surely than words can do, as I have learned by experience.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux

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