St. Therese of the Child Jesus
“I feel that my mission is about to begin, my mission to make God loved as I love Him, to teach souls my little way. It is the way of spiritual childhood, the way of trust and absolute surrender.”
-Words spoken by St. Therese on July 17, 1897
The Story of A Life by Guy Gaucher, O.C.D.
"Exquisite and exhaustive biography of St. Therese proves a great complement to Story of A Soul”. – Paul Fisher
A Call To A Deeper Love – The Family Correspondence of the Parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
“This beautiful compilation of the correspondence of the parents of St. Therese provides a wellspring of understanding into the lives, struggles, and sanctity of Louis and Zelie Martin. It elucidates how these holy parents contributed significantly to the formation of the “greatest saint of modern times”. – Paul Fisher
Who called Therese the “greatest saint of modern times”?
Pope St. Pius X called Therese by this title when speaking in private to a missionary bishop. Even though a pope made the statement, it is in no way an official Church declaration like in Therese’s canonization and her being elevated to the title of Doctor of the Church. However, because the statement was made by the only pope who has himself been canonized in the past 200 years, the statement certainly carries some weight.
When St. Therese died at the age of 24, was she the youngest saint to be canonized by the Church?
No. St. Aloysius Gonzaga died in 1591 at the age of 23 and was declared patron of youths by Pope Pius XI, the same pope who canonized Therese. St. John Berchmans died in 1621 at age 22 and is also a patron of youths. St. Dominic Savio died at age 15 in 1857 and St. Hugh the Little was martyred at the tender age of 9 in 1255. There were probably even more Catholic saints who died at a younger age than Therese.
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