St. Therese of the Child Jesus

"I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul." These are the words of Therese of the Child Jesus, a Carmelite nun who lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. And her preference for hidden sacrifice did indeed convert souls. Few saints of God are more popular than his young nun. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, is read and loved throughout the world. Therese Martin entered the convent at the age of 15 and died in 1897 at the age of 24.

Life in a Carmelite convent is indeed uneventful and consists mainly of prayer and hard domestic work. But Therese possessed that holy insight that redeems the time, however dull that time may be. She saw in quiet suffering that was indeed her apostolate. Therese said she came to the Carmel Convent "to save souls and pray for priests." And shortly before she died, she wrote "I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth."

from Saint of the Day edited by Leonard Foley, OFM. St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1975.

St. Therese of Lisieux: A Chapter Homily by John Russell, O.Carm.

Photograph of St. Therese 1

Drawing of St. Therese

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Image of St. Therese 2 (holy card drawing)Image of St. Therese 3 (holy card drawing)

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