St Thérèse of the Child Jesus is also known as “The Little Flower” and as St Thérèse “of the Roses.”
Thérèse saw herself as a “little flower of Jesus.” She compared herself to a simple wildflower that grows unnoticed, but still growing and giving glory to God in its simplicity. She declared that after her death she will let fall “a shower of roses” from heaven, so that even after her death she wanted to continue her mission to make God loved.
A few years before her death, Thérèse wrote the world-renowned book “The Story of a Soul.” Her sisters, nuns like her, had asked her to put in writing her childhood memories and her experiences as a young Carmelite nun.
St Thérèse is also known for her “Little Way.” It simply involves living every day to the best of our ability, confident and trusting in God’s merciful love, like a child.
From a very young age, Thérèse wished to become a Saint. At age of 15, she entered the Carmelite Monastery after obtaining the permission from Pope Leo XIII. Even though she struggled throughout her life, in finding her true vocation in her life, she lived a holy life by doing all things with love and childlike trust in God. In time she realized that her vocation, to serve God, is to love.