St. Therese Lisieux, The Little Flower of Jesus
Marie-Francoise- Therese Martin, known as “The Little Flower of Jesus,” was
born at Alencon, France on January 2, 1873. reared in a home of comfort and
surrounded by refinements that would have spoiled an ordinary child, Teresa’s intelligence had an early dawning which enabled her to comprehend the Divine Goodness far in advance of her tender years. Our Lord visited upon the child a severe trial – a strange malady for which there seemed no recovery. Here implicit confidence in God, however, overcame her infirmity and she progressed rapidly toward sanctity. Teresa adopted flowers as the symbol of her love for her Divine
Savior and offered her practices in virtue, sacrifice, and mortification as
flowers at the feet of Jesus.
At fifteen she entered the Carmelite Convent at Lisieux, France, where she
distinguished herself by punctual observance of the rule, burning love for God
and wonderful trust in Him. Before she died, this “lily of Delicious perfume” -
as Pope Pius X called her – revealed to the superiors her life story in pages
of rarest beauty.
She died in the odor of sanctity on September 30, 1897 at the age of 24.
Since her death countless graces have been attributed to her intercession. Pope
Benedict XV in 1921 opened the way for the process of her beatification and she
was declared Blessed by Pope Pius XI on April 29, 1923, and was
canonized on May 17, 1925.
Reflection.– “For one pain endured with joy, we shall love
the Good God more forever.”–The Little Flower.