Saint Therese, The Little Flower, is a popular Saint. She was the last of nine children and was born on January 2, 1873 in France. Only five children in the family survived to adulthood. Therese's mother died when she was only four years old. Her father and sisters would give lots of attention to Therese. She wanted everything she could out of life.
Therese's attitude changed from caring only about herself to loving other people after her fourteenth birthday. She entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to become a nun. Therese wanted to give her entire life for God.
Her life was simple, and she devoted much of it to prayer and conversations with God. Therese had a terrible struggle with tuberculosis. Through her sickness, she leaned on God and knew that He was there for her. At the age of 24, Therese died, and her last words were "My God, I love you."
St. Therese wrote many essays about her conversations with God. She described her life as a little way of spiritual childhood in her autobiography, titled Story of a Soul. She lived and taught that loving one another is loving God.
St. Therese advocated that it is not the great things that we do that is important but the great love that we have for other people. Therese loved flowers and saw herself as the little flower of Jesus. Because of this analogy, Therese has been known as the "little flower." Her powerful presence from Heaven affected many people.
On May 17, 1925, Pope Pius II canonized her a Saint. Therese said that her mission would start after her death. Therese promised to let flowers fall from Heaven to people that are devoted to God. Roses became the signature flower for Saint Therese. When people say her prayer for five to nine days, they see, smell, or are given roses. Millions of people have claimed to be touched by her intercession and imitate her little way everyday. Pope John Paul II declared Saint Therese a Doctor of the Church in 1997.
Her feast day is October 1. The message of Saint Therese is a beautiful and inspiring one.
Below is the prayer that you can pray to her, and be touched by her intercession with God on your behalf.
St. Therese Prayer - Say for 9 days
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 to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands . .
(Mention specific requests)
St. 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.