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Saint Therese of Lisieux

Also known as Francoise-Marie Therese Martin, Teresa of the Infant Jesus, the Little Flower of Jesus, the Little Flower, Therese of the Child Jesus

Memorial 1 October

Profile Born to a pious middle-class French family of tradesmen; daughter of Blessed Louis Martin and Blessed Marie-Azelie Guérin Martin, and all four of her sisters became nuns. Her mother died when Francoise-Marie was only four, and the family moved to Lisieux, Normandy, France to be closer to family. Cured from an illness at age eight when a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled at her. Educated by the Benedictine nuns of Notre-Dame-du-Pre. Confirmed there at age eleven. Just before her 14th birthday she received a vision of the Child Jesus; she immediately understood the great sacrifice that had been made for her, and developed an unshakeable faith. Tried to join the Carmelites, but was turned down due to her age. Pilgrim to Rome at for the Jubilee of Pope Leo XIII whom she met and who knew of her desire to become a nun. Joined the Carmelites at Lisieux on 9 April 1888 at age 15, taking her final vow on 8 September 1890 at age 17. Known by all for her complete devotion to spiritual development and to the austerities of the Carmelite rule.

Due to health problems resulting from her ongoing fight with tuberculosis, her superiors ordered her not to fast. Novice mistress at age 20. At age 22 she was ordered by her prioress to begin writing her memories and ideas, which material would turn into the book History of a Soul. Defined her path to God and holiness as The Little Way, which consisted of child-like love and trust in God. She had an on-going correspondence with Carmelite missionaries in China, often stating how much she wanted to come work with them. Many miracles attributed to her. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

Born 2 January 1873 at Alcon, Normandy, France as Francoise-Marie Therese Martin

Died 7pm Thursday 30 September 1897 at Lisieux, France of tuberculosis

Venerated 14 August 1921 by Pope Benedict XV Beatified 29 April 1923 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized 17 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

Patronage African missions, against bodily ills, against illness, against sickness ,AIDS patients ,air crews ,aircraft pilots, Anchorage, Alaska, archdiocese of ,Australia aviators ,Belgian air crews ,black missions ,Cheyenne, Wyoming, diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, diocese of, florists, flower growers, foreign missions, (1927) France (1944 by Venerable Pope Pius XII) Fresno, California, diocese of Juneau, Alaska, diocese of Kisumu, Kenya, diocese of ,loss of parents, missionaries ,parish missions ,Pueblo, Colorado, diocese of ,restoration of religious freedom in Russia, tuberculosis ,World Youth Day

Representation roses, Discalced Carmelite nun holding a bunch of roses, nun with roses at her feet , nun holding cross of roses

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