Baptized Marie Frances Therese, St. Therese was the youngest of several children. She entered the Carmel of Lisieux at the age of fifteen and made her religious profession less than three years later. Despite chronic physical illness in her last years, Therese grew spiritually and shared her “little way” of trusting in God with absolute selflessness. Shortly before death, she avowed, “I have reached the point of not being able to suffer any more, because all suffering is sweet to me.” Clearly, her trust in God remained steadfast through the end of her life on earth.
Therese’s “little way” so impressed the world that the Holy See dispensed with tradition, allowing introduction of her cause for canonization only seventeen years after her death. She was canonized in 1925 and proclaimed Universal Patron of the Missions in 1927. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997.
St. Therese is imaged in this icon with a cross and a rose, symbolic of her “little way” of obedience and simplicity. Above her is shown the symbol of the Carmelites.
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Prayer to St. Therese
O little St. Therese of the child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own - speak a word for me to our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were - to that Queen of heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her as the Queen of the heart of Jesus to obtain for me by her powerful intercession, the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment, and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life. Defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
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