St. Therese of Lisieux

Feast Days: October 1
Time Period: 1873 - 1897
Place: Lisieux, France
Patronage: Foreign missions, France

Marie Francoise Therese Martin joined the Carmelites at the age of 14. She said her purpose was to save souls and pray for priests. She did not hold any important positions, assume any weighty responsibilities, or engage in mortifications. She lived a life of simplicity and deep love for God. She called her brand of spirituality “the little way”. She held to three principles: sanctity without spectacle, being as a child in relation to God with total trust in Him, and devotion to the Holy Face. When Therese was 22 she was granted permission by the prioress to consecrate herself as a victim to divine justice, taking on the punishment due to sinners. In 1896 she showed the first signs of tuberculosis. The next 18 months of her life were filled with physical distress and spiritual trials. She died at the age of 24.

I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.