Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower
St. Therese of Lisieux is one of the best loved and most popular Saints of the Catholic Church. In her early life, she had a deep love for Jesus which lead her to become a nun. At the age of 15, she entered the Carmelite Monastery in Lisieux, France. During her time as a nun, she developed her "little way" of holiness and became an extraordinary example of love. She wrote down her spiritual experiences in a journal which was later published as her autobiography, "The Story of a Soul." Shortly before her death at the age of 24 in 1897, Therese promised that she would "let a shower of roses fall after her death" and would "spend her heaven in doing good on earth." She is usually shown holding a crucifix and roses - a sign of her intercession for us.
Feast Day: October 1
Patron Saint of Missionaries, France, and Gardeners