St. Therese, The Patron Saint Of Aviators
Many people know that St. Therese is the patron saint of missionaries, but did you know that she is also the patron saint of aviators? I found this to be fascinating:
In the early 1900s, Therese's autobiography, The Story of a Soul, developed widespread fame in Europe and eventually around the world. This time period is called the "storm of glory" because it was during this time that people asking her for favors from Heaven reported her intercession. World War I was starting at this time and soldiers on both sides and of various nationalities reported seeing visions of a young nun comforting wounded men during battle. At this time, Therese had not yet been canonized. Because of these visions, many soldiers started to carry pictures of Therese with them into battle, especially French pilots, who favored her. One even painted a picture of her on his wing!