Oil Dedicated to St Therese of Lisieux (Doctor of the Church)
St Therese of Lisieux (Doctor of the Church) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, was a French Roman Catholic nun who lived from 1873 to 1897. She is widely known as a saint and is considered one of the most popular saints of the Catholic Church.
Born in Alençon, France, on January 2, 1873, Thérèse was the youngest of nine children. Her mother died when she was four, and Thérèse deeply affected by her loss. Her family very religious, and Thérèse was raised in a strict Catholic environment. She entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux at the age of 15 and took her final vows in 1890.
Thérèse known for her spirituality, which focused on the “little way,” a path of simplicity and humility. She believed that the path to holiness did not require great deeds or heroic actions but could achieved through small acts of kindness and love. Thérèse wrote about her spirituality in her autobiography, “The Story of a Soul,” which published after her death.
Thérèse’s health began to decline in 1896, and she diagnosed with tuberculosis. She died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. Thérèse canonized by the Catholic Church in 1925 and named a Doctor of the Church in 1997.
Thérèse’s popularity as a saint is due in part to her “little way” and her focus on simple acts of love and kindness. She often depicted with a bouquet of roses, which she believed symbolized the beauty of life and the love of God. Thérèse the patron saint of missionaries, florists, and the sick, and her feast day celebrated on October 1.
Today, St. Thérèse of Lisieux still revered by Catholics around the world. Her writings and teachings continue to inspire people to lead a life of simplicity, humility, and love.