St. Therese of Lisieux

October 1 is the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux.

May she, as one of the patron saints of  CTF-SOS DRS,

intercede for us in our disaster relief mission.


In 1887, at age fifteen, Therese fought to enter Carmel. During a pilgrimage to Italy with her father and sister, Celine, Therese decided to approach Pope Leo XIII himself. He answered Therese’s entreaties evasively; she was carried out in tears by the papal guards. Back in Lisieux, and after a difficult wait, Therese finally received Bishop Hugonin’s permission. On Monday April 9, 1888 she entered Carmel. Sister Therese of the Child Jesus was happy with her lot, but everyday life in the Carmel had its problems, too: the clashes of communal life, the cold, the new diet and the difficulties of prayer (two hours of private prayer and 4 1/2 of liturgy).

“I came to save souls and especially to pray for priests.” – Therese, upon entering Carmel, From Saint Therese of Lisieux – From Lisieux to the Four Corners of the World – Editions du Signe Story of a Soul – John Clarke, O.C.D.

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