Today we celebrate St. Thérèse of Lisieux who is one of the best known and best loved saints in the Church. Her fame comes directly from her spirituality, often described as the little way of love. She recognized her own weakness and inability to do great things in the world, so she did the greatest thing of all—she loved. St. Thérèse promised that she would spend her time in heaven doing good on earth.
Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the "Little Flower", and found in her short life more inspiration for their own lives than in volumes by theologians. She was born in France in 1873 and was the youngest of the Martin daughters. As a Carmelite she knew the meaning of suffering and sought to make sacrifices. She died at the young age of 24, but she still inspires us to love in the humble circumstances of our daily lives. Let us like St. Thérèse always seek to do good things for others.
Pat Schifini, OSU