St. Therese was the youngest of five sisters in a devout French family. She entered the Carmel of Lisieux in 1888, living and writing in cloistered obscurity until her death at the age of twenty-four. She gained worldwide recognition through her posthumously published autobiography, Story of a Soul. Therese became affectionately known as the "Little Flower" and her simple story of love and perfections has inspired millions. Directing us to her little way, she expressed, "The great saints worked for the glory of God, but I'm only a little soul; I work simply for His pleasure …"
Physically failing, Therese received the spiritual insight that her greatest works were to follow and wrote, "After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my Heaven doing good upon earth." For Therese, roses aptly symbolized the beauty and generosity of God's grace. Since her death, many souls have received favors through her intercession. Canonized in 1925 and proclaimed Universal Patron of the Missions less than three years later, St. Therese was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque.)
From a Prayer of St. Therese
O my God!
I offer all my actions this day …
for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart,
my every thought, my simplest works,
by uniting them to His perfection;
and I wish to repair for my sins
by casting them into the furnace
of His merciful love.
O my God!
I ask of you for myself
and for those whom I hold dear,
the grace to fulfill perfectly your holy will
and to accept for love of you
the joys and sorrows of this passing life,
so that we may one day be united
in Heaven for all eternity. Amen.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
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