St. Theresa of Lisieux was born in Alencon, France in 1873. From an early age she had a great desire to enter the convent and devote her life to God. At age 15, she travelled to the Vatican, to personally petition the Pope for permission to be allowed to enter the Convent at this unusually early age.
During her short lifetime St Theresa sought to approach God through a path of simplicity and love. She developed a path know as “the little way”. The philosophy she developed was to do the ordinary things of life with great love and attention.
“You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love at which we do them”
St Theresa died of tuberculosis at the early age of 24. However her writings were published after her death and have inspired. St Theresa is often associated with the rose as she had a particular fondness for roses and often roses appeared in miracles attributed to St Theresa after her death.
St. Theresa of Lisieux Quotes
“You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, Nor even at their difficulty, But at the love at which we do them.”
“Our fulcrum is God: our lever, prayer; prayer which burns with love. With that we can lift the world!”
“The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity…”
“Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be – And becoming that person.”
“Yes, when a soul has allowed herself to be captivated by the inebriating fragrance of Thy perfumes, she could not run alone, all the souls whom she loves are drawn after her; this is a natural consequence of her attractions towards Thee.”
“Nothing is sweeter than to think well of others.”
St. Theresa’s Prayer for Priests
I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
For your unfaithful and tepid priests;
For your priests labouring at home or abroad in
Distant mission fields,
For your tempted priests;
For your lonely and desolate priests;
For your young priests;
For your dying priests;
For the souls of your priests in Purgatory;
But above all, I recommend to you the priests
Dearest to me;
The priest who baptized me;
The priests who absolved me from my sins;
The priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me
Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
The priests who taught and instructed me;
All the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way.
Keep them all close to your heart,
And bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.