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October 1st .  “Why did you give me the name Therese?” her daughter wanted to know. “My catechism teacher talks about St Therese as the little flower. That sounds kind of soppy to me.” Her mom explained, “Therese wasn’t really a soppy girl even though she was quite spoilt by her older siblings after her mother died.  At 14 she had a wonderful conversion experience that changed her life, filling her with God’s love.  At 15 she was allowed to become a Carmelite nun and in the convent she began to develop her spiritual approach towards holiness of child-like confidence in God’s love and mercy. She called it her “little way” and as she loved flowers she called herself the “little flower of Jesus.”  She suffered from ill-health and died of TB at age 24 having dedicated her suffering to God for the salvation of others. She was canonised and later appointed patron saint of the missions.

Whoever humbles himself like this child he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.  Matt 18:1-5. Pope Francis: We can say that God’s heart is touched by our intercession, yet in reality he is always there first. What our intercession achieves is that his power, his mercy and his faithfulness are shown ever more clearly in the midst of the people.   EG 283

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