Known for ‘her little way’, She lived her life doing ordinary things with great love—God’s love. Those who pray for her intercession are often showered with roses.
Patroness of the Missions & Missionaries
Thérèse of Lisieux is famous for her “Little Way”: becoming a saint not by doing great or heroic deeds, but by offering little events and activities of life to God with great love. She looked upon every blessing in life as an expression of God’s love for her and upon every difficulty in life as an opportunity to express her love to Him.
Thérèse of Lisieux was only four years old when her mother died. She was looked after by her four older sisters until two of her eldest sisters joined the Carmelite convent in Lisieux. On Christmas Day, 1886, the young girl experienced a profound conversion. She developed a great love for the missionary life of the Church. Her desire for prayer increased and she constantly begged to join the convent but was too young to take such vows. By special dispensation she entered the Carmelites on April 9, 1888 and was professed on September 8, 1890. For the next seven years she lived a Life of prayer, developing her spirituality by reading the Carmelite mystics and following the austere rules of the order. Thérèse concentrated on doing everything in life, especially the little things, out of love for God and for her neighbours. The abbess forbade Thérèse to fast because she was too young and somewhat frail. Instead, she encouraged her to write, which lead to The Story of the Soul and many other of her texts, including poetry, prayers, plays and plenty of letters. These writings describe how every ‘little life’ (and our routine duties) can be enhanced by faithfulness and love.
Thérèse longed for the opportunity to spread the love of Christ to foreign lands and always prayed for missionaries. Sadly, ¡n 1897, she died from tuberculosis at the age of 24. Pilgrims still flock to Lisieux to venerate St. Thérèse, who is known as Theresa-of-the-Child-Jesus.
Feast Day of St. Thérèse is October 1st.
I offer the Chaplet of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in various colour combinations. Each chaplet comes with a prayer page and a plastic storage bag. Sample images and prices are shown below.
Chaplet of St. Therese of the Child Jesus – Felted – $22
The Chaplet of St. Therese of the Child Jesus consists of 25 beads ending with a felted bead Trinity.