St. Therese of Lisieux is called the “little flower” by the Catholics not because she was too young when she joined the Carmelite Convent (she was fourteen years old back then) but because of her little deeds. She was one of the patron saints of missions yet she didn’t left the convent. She was called such by the missionaries who read her letters and got inspiration from it.
St. Therese of Lisieux wanted to do great things for God yet she knew that a Carmelite should live humbly. Therese then realized that the best she can do is to dedicate her life to God through little sacrifices that she can do. She would show love to everyone and by doing it hopes that she would be planting seeds of love and faith to everyone around her. She was given the worst food and she was grateful for it. She was accused of doing something wrong and she asked for forgiveness for it. When her sister Pauline asked her to stay novice due to some Convent politics, she agreed without hesitation. These little sacrifices went unrecognized and yet she didn’t complained. Therese never received any “thank you” note for all of her sacrifices.
In her journal, Therese wrote about her trust in God that despite her littleness, she would continue to live a holy life. She also wrote about her dream of being a saint, a martyr and a perfect child of God. St. Therese of Lisieux firmly believed in God’s promise that He will carry the little ones in his arm and carry them to heaven. In her continued effort to do great thing for God, she finally figured out that the best she can give is love, giving unconditional love to all.
Even in her pain and suffering, St. Therese of Lisieux continued to show her love to her sisters in the convent without any complain. She continued to smile that people taught she is feigning her illness. When she died, the sisters from the convent couldn’t say anything about her as if she never existed. Yet her journal inspired a lot of people around the world as her simplicity and trust to the Lord gets known to those who read it. Through her journal, she continued to inspire and spread the word of God.
“And so it is in the world of souls, Jesus’ garden. He willed to created great souls comparable to Lilies and roses, but He has created smaller ones and these must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God’s glances when He looks down at His feet. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being what He wills us to be.” – Saint Therese of Lisieux