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Saint Therese

    Holy Face of Jesus
                                   Holy Face of Jesus



Little Flower

"My mission-to make God loved-will begin after my death.
I will spend my heaven doing good on earth.
I will send a shower of roses."


St. Therese of The Child Jesus

Therese was born on January 2, 1873, in Alencon, France.

She is popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus" or simply, "The Little Flower".  St. Therese was always devoted to the Holy Face of Jesus.  St. Therese wore the picture of the Holy Face of Jesus on her heart.  After St. Therese took her vows she added to her name in religion "of the Holy Face",
a title that would stay with her.

She was one of nine children.  Five children entered the cloister, four died in their infancy.  Their mother and father led true, dedicated Catholic lives.  This was the foundation for Therese life, to be a follower of Jesus.  When Therese was fifteen years old she entered the Carmel of Lisieux.
She made her vows on September 8, 1890.

Therese suffered much during her short life.  She offered all her suffering to God the Father.  St. Therese offered all her suffering for the sins of the world.  She writes: "I know of one means only by which to attain perfection: Love! Let us love since our heart is made for nothing else.   I wish to give all to Jesus, since He makes me understand that He alone is perfect happiness."

On September 30, 1897, Therese died of tuberculosis. Moments before her death she prayed, looking at the crucifix: "Oh, I love Him! My God I love You!"

St. Therese Patron Saint:

    • Missionaries

    • France

    • Russia

    • HIV/AIDS sufferers

    • Radio care-a-thons

    • Florists and gardeners

    • Loss of parents

    • The Russicum

    • Tuberculosis

    • Alaska

St. Therese attributes:

    • Discalced Carmelite habit

    • Crucifix

    • Roses


Saint Therese of The Child Jesus Autobiography

Saint Therese of The Child Jesus Autobiography


Prayer of Saint Theresa of The Child Jesus
to the Holy Face

Holy Face of Jesus

O Jesus, who in Thy bitter Passion didst become "the most abject of men, a man of sorrows", I venerate Thy Sacred Face whereon there once did shine the beauty and sweetness of the Godhead; but now it has become for me as if it were the face of a leper! Nevertheless, under those disfigured features, I recognize Thy infinite Love and
I am consumed with the desire to love Thee
and make Thee loved by all men.

The tears which well up abundantly in Thy sacred eyes appear to me as so many precious pearls that I love to gather up, in order to purchase the souls of poor sinners by means of their infinite value.  O Jesus, whose adorable face ravishes my heart, I implore Thee to fix deep within me Thy divine image and to set me on fire with Thy Love, that I may be found worthy to come to the contemplation of
Thy glorious Face in Heaven.


Novena Prayer to Saint Theresa

St. Therese, the little flower,
please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and
send it to me with a message of love; ask God to grant
me the favor I thee implore and tell Him
I will love Him each day more and more.

(The above prayer, plus 5 Our Father's, 5 Hail Mary's,
5 Glory Be's, must be said on 5 successive days, before 11a.m.  On the 5th day, the 5th set of prayers having been completed, offer one more set - 5 Our Father's, 5 Hail Mary's, 5 Glory Be's.)

Saint Therese of The Child Jesus Novena

Saint Therese Saint Therese of The Child Jesus Novena


St. Therese of the Child Jesus

This picture of Saint Therese by her sister Celine,
is considered the most authentic representation
of Saint Therese ever done.

The original picture of Saint Therese is at the National Shrine of Saint Therese in Darien, Illinois.

Feast Day: October 1st

Patroness of the Missions
Devoted to the Holy Face of Jesus