(St. Therese was the patron of our Latin Mass Community before Bishop Zubik created St. John XXIII Parish in 2015. This page remains in her honor.)
“The Greatest Saint of Modern Times,” according to Pope Pius XI, and indeed it is a rare Catholic church without her image in it, despite the fact that she was almost unknown during her short lifetime.
Therese Martin was born in Normandy in 1873. The youngest of five girls, she grew up in a wealthy family and was doted on by her father, especially after her mother’s death by cancer when Therese was only four years old. Eventually, this shock brought about a severe emotional disturbance which was healed dramatically by “Our Lady of the Smile” when Saint Therese was 10 years old.
At the age of fifteen, she entered the Carmelite Monastery in her home town of Lisieux, where her two older sisters were already nuns. Later she was joined by a fourth sister and a cousin, all living in the same convent. Therese’s life is recounted in the autobiography which she wrote in obedience to her superiors, called “A Story of a Soul.” This book has remained one of the best sellers of all times since Saint Therese’s death at the age of 24 due to tuberculosis, in 1897.
Saint Therese proposed “The Little Way” as a means of spiritual growth for ordinary Christians who want to be motivated daily by the love of God. She famously said during her last illness, that she would spend her heaven doing good upon earth, and that she would let fall upon those who invoked her aid, a “shower of roses.” May these graces be given to the members of Holy Wisdom Parish Latin Mass Community of St. Therese.