What have
these 4
got in
common?
SUFFERERS
ALASKA
PATRON SAINT
AIRLINE
PILOTS
AUSTRALIA
'I would like to be a missionary,
not just for a few years,
but ’til the end of time!'
USA
TAIWAN
BELGIUM
IRELAND
CAMEROON
KAZAKHSTAN
COLOMBIA
IRAQ
HONG KONG
BENIN
ITALY
AUSTRALIA
BURKINA FASO
PHILIPPINES
LEBANON
MAURITIUS
GUAM
HER FAMILY WERE FULL OF FAITH
FULL NAME: Marie Françoise Thérèse Martin
BORN: Alençon in Normandy, France
11:30pm on January 2nd in 1873
FAMILY: 7 girls,
2 boys
TRAGEDY:
2 girls,
2 boys died young
Thérèse and 4 older sisters survived
Thérèse’s mother
died when
she was only 4.
Age 8
'Suddenly the Blessed
Virgin glowed with a
beauty beyond
anything I had ever
seen. Her face was
alive with kindness
and an infinite
tenderness, but it was
her enchanting smile
which really moved
me to the depths. My
pain vanished!'
CHRISTMAS CONVERSION
'I do not know how I could
think of entering Carmel
when it needed a miracle
to overcome my
childishness...'
PILGRIMAGE TO ROME
NOW
THEN
HOLY DARING
'Be obedient, if it’s
God’s will you will enter...'
RESPONDING TO GOD’S CALL
In her struggle to enter religious life, Thérèse:
• showed courage, conviction & perseverance
• accepted authority AND took action
• CHALLENGES: faith, hope and love
• PRACTICAL: seek God’s Will
do what you can to put it into practice
then leave it in God’s hands
Age 15
Sr Theresa of the
Child Jesus and
the Holy Face
LIFE IN CARMEL
'...deep and serene
peace beyond
description...'
'I found a nun’s life was just what I imagined it
would be. None of its sacrifices
surprised me, though there were at first more
thorns than roses on my path.'
DEATH IN CARMEL
'I feel that my mission is soon to begin,
to make others love God as I do...
I will spend my Heaven doing good on Earth.
After death I shall let fall a shower of roses.'
PAIN
'When
AND
wePEACE
surrender to discouragement or
despair, it is usually because we are thinking
too much of the past or the future.'
emotional
suffering
physical pain
spiritual
darkness
LIFE AFTER DEATH
Translated into over
50 languages
Declared a Saint by
Pope Pius XI,
May 17th 1925
Miracles galore!
Declared a Doctor of the
Church by John Paul II,
October 19th 1997
LITTLE WAY
'...my mission is to teach souls my little way...
the Way of Spiritual Childhood, the way of
trust and absolute self-surrender'
'Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of
our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the
love with which we do them.'
'In the evening of this life, I shall appear before
you with empty hands for I do not ask You, Lord,
to count my works...'
'Sanctity does not so much depend
upon doing extraordinary actions…
as doing our ordinary actions
extraordinarily well.'
Bishop Challoner
Sr Mary Patricia of Jesus on
St Thérèse of Lisieux
Jesus said, 'Let the little
children alone, and do not
stop them from coming to
me; for it is to such as
these that the kingdom of
Heaven belongs.' Mt 19: 14
'Unless you change and become like little
children, you will never enter the Kingdom of
Heaven.' Matt 18:3
ST JEROME:
honouring relics
honoursOld
God
Testament
who made2 Kings
our 2:14,
2 Kings 13:21
bodies
New Testament
Acts 19:12
Go out to the whole world
proclaim the Good News.
ST AUGUSTINE:
Mk 16:15
Saints’ bodies were so
full of the Holy Spirit that
God’s presence lingers
Our nearest local event is:
PORTSMOUTH CATHEDRAL
on 16th September
Quotations from St Thérèse
I am a very little soul, who can offer only very little
things to the Lord.
I will spend my Heaven doing good on earth.
After my death I will let fall a shower of roses.
Jesus, my Love, my vocation, at last I have found it
... my vocation is love! Yes, I have found my place
in the Church and it is You, O my God, who have
given me this place; in the heart of the Church, my
Mother, I shall be love.
Do you realise that Jesus is there in the tabernacle
expressly for you; for you alone? He burns with the
desire to come into your heart…
For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple
look turned toward Heaven… which enlarges my
God our Father,
You have promised Your Kingdom to those
who are willing to become like little children.
Help us to follow the way of Saint Thérèse
with confidence so that by her prayers we
may come to know Your eternal glory.
Grant this through our
Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever,
AMEN
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