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St. Therese of Lisieux

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

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.

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