Feastday St. Therese: October the 1st
When did St. Therese live: January the 2nd 1873 - September the 30th 1897
Biography of St. Therese:
St. Therese, known also as Santa Therese of Lisieux, is called the "Little Flower" by generations of Catholics who admire this young saint. Marie Françoise Thérèse Martin was born into a Christian family the 2nd of January 1873 in Alençon in Normandy. Her mother died of breast cancer when Therese was four and a half years old and so her sixteen year old sister Pauline became her second mother. When Pauline entered the Carmelite convent of Lisieux five years later, Therese became ill and people thought she was dying. Therese prayed to Mary and saw her smiling at her, suddenly Therese was cured. At the age of 14 she wanted to enter the Carmelite convent, but the superior of the convent refused to take her because she was too young, and also the bishop declined her request. During a pilgrimage to Rome, St. Therese and her family went for an audience with the Pope. As soon as Therese got near pope Leo XIII, she begged him to let her enter the convent, yet he denied. Though a year later Therese was admitted to the Carmelite convent that her sisters Pauline and Marie had already joined. She knew that she would never be able to accomplish great deeds and work wonders, but she took every little chance to sacrifice. In 1896 she fell ill, however St. Therese tried to endure the great pain remaining always gleeful and smiling. Therese passed away at the age of 24, after having lived as cloistered Carmelite for nine years.
Statues and sculptures of St. Therese - portrayal, imagery and emblem: The statue represents St. Therese of Lisieux with her most significant attributes: the roses and the crucifix.
Patronage St. Therese: Patroness of the missions, because of her extraordinary love for the missions, and patron saint of France