St. Therese of Lisieux Print
Baptized Marie Frances Therese, St. Therese was the youngest of several children. She entered the Carmel of Lisieux at the age of fifteen and made her religious profession less than three years later. Despite chronic physical illness in her last years, Therese grew spiritually and shared her “little way” of trusting in God with absolute selflessness. Shortly before death, she avowed, “I have reached the point of not being able to suffer any more, because all suffering is sweet to me.” Clearly, her trust in God remained steadfast through the end of her life on earth.
Therese’s “little way” so impressed the world that the Holy See dispensed with tradition, allowing introduction of her cause for canonization only seventeen years after her death. She was canonized in 1925 and proclaimed Universal Patron of the Missions in 1927. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997.
St. Therese is imaged in this icon with a cross and a rose, symbolic of her “little way” of obedience and simplicity. Above her is shown the symbol of the Carmelites.
Poster Size: 11" x 14"