St. Therese of Liseux (1873-1897), also known as “the Little Flower of Jesus,” was a cloistered, Carmelite nun who lived in Liseux, France. At the age of 14, on Christmas Eve in 1886, she had a conversion toward love. At 15, she entered the convent to give her whole life to God. Living a hidden, simple life of prayer, she was gifted with great intimacy with God.
Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God, rooted in His merciful love. After a long struggle with tuberculosis, she died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24.
The world came to know St. Therese through her autobiography, in which she described her "little way." "What matters in life," she wrote, "is not great deeds, but great love," doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love.
St. Therese is normally depicted holding a crucifix and roses, because she said, “My mission - to make God loved - will begin after my death. I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses."
In 1997, Pope John Paul II declared St. Therese a Doctor of the Church.
St. Therese’s feast day is celebrated on October 1st. She is the patron of aviators, florists, missions, and Russia.
The window was donated by Council 2343 of the Knights of Columbus.
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