Friday, September 30, 2011

La Petite Fleur de Lisieux

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, one of the most if not the most popular Saint in the 20 century. I have nothing to back that up except for the ubiquitous use of Therese in the screen names of Catholic Internet forums, but that is understandable because of the impact this young saint had on the Church.
Born in Alençon, Normandy and joined the Discalced Carmelites at the age of 15 taking her final vows at 17. Wrote her memoirs and came up with The Little Way. Died at the age of 24, the youngest of the Doctors of the Church. Many miracles are attributed to her intercession.

Among her many patronages are France, missionaries, loss of parents, Spanish air crews and illness

Sancta Teresia Lexoviensis, ora pro nobis

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