Anniversary of the Canonization of St. Therese

Eighty-five years ago today, St. Therese was canonized a saint in the Catholic Church. The little sister from the Carmel at Lisieux taught us her Little Way of childlike innocence and dependence on God’s mercy. She said she rejoiced to be little, and wanted to be a like a little flower at God's feet, so that when he looked down, he would be delighted by her.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14


Therese, love,

You showed Christ’s gentleness in your face

As you walked your little way to holiness.

Lead us away from anger, hatred, and fear

For we are weak and fragile as glass

Because our freedom is so often chained to sin.

But look at what we strive to do with love

And pray to Jesus that we may live in peace with his Father and the Spirit.


Prayer from Novena Meditations to Saint Therese of Lisieux, 2006 Liguori Publications

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