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St. Therese of Lisieux
Christian People / Saints
"Therese, the "little flower", is one of the most popular saints, but her life and character are far more complex and fascinating than many people suspect. For my niece, Colleen Erin Theresa."
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Therese's parents had both originally intended to join religious orders.
As a small child, Therese was a model of patience, meekness, and obedience.
In 1877, when Therese was just four years old, a tragedy struck the Martin family which would have a profound effect on Therese's character and personality; what was it?
The death of her father
The death of two of her sisters
The death of her grandmother
The death of her mother
In 1882, Therese's second-oldest sister, Pauline, joined a religious order. This was a great blow to Therese, as Pauline had been a second mother to her. Which order, which Therese herself would eventually join, did Pauline enter?
Therese suffered a serious illness in 1883, during which she had a vision in which a religious statue in her sickroom smiled at her. What statue was it?
The Divine Child
The Blessed Virgin
The Sacred Heart
St. Teresa of Avila
In 1886, after a period of great spiritual trial and self-doubt, Therese underwent a spiritual epiphany which galvanized her determination to achieve a truly heroic state of holiness. On which major feast day did this occur?
Although she was determined to accomplish great deeds in the name of God, Therese was limited by her state of health and the restraints of her family (she was as yet only 14 years old). She nonetheless decided to achieve her goals through fervent prayer and contemplation. In 1887, she determined to bring about a change of heart and save the soul of a man she had never met, whose name was Henri Pranzini. Who was he?
An atheistic philosopher
A notorious womanizer
A fallen-away priest
A convicted murderer
In April of 1888, after numerous petitions and an appeal to the Pope himself, Therese was admitted into the convent at Lisieux. How old was Therese when she was admitted?
After taking her final vows, Therese began writing her autobiography, L'Histiore d'une Ame" ("Story of a Soul") at the direction of her sister Pauline, who by then was prioress of the convent at Lisieux. In this work, she famously identifies herself as a "little flower". Although she is often depicted holding an armload of roses, the "little flower" with which Therese identified herself with was this much smaller bloom.
Although she generally fulfilled her duties as a nun with diligence and enthusiasm, Therese's spirituality was very personal and far from conventional. Which of the following surprising statements about Therese is NOT true?
She often fell asleep during community prayers.
She could not understand most theological treatises.
She disliked saying the rosary.
She hated receiving communion.
In 1896, the tuberculosis from which Therese had suffered for the past two years suddenly took a turn for the worse, and she began hemorrhaging. Ironically (and, perhaps, fittingly) this occurred in the evening or early morning between which two holy days?
Between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
Between Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.
Between Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
Between Good Friday and Holy Saturday,
Upon entering the convent, Therese had taken the name "Therese of the Child Jesus". Later, she added this appendage to her name, which was a reference to the passion of Christ.
The Five Wounds
The Seven Sorrows
The Crown of Thorns
The Holy Face
Therese is venerated as the patron saint of florists and gardeners, and she is one of the three patron saints of France (the other two being St. Denis and St. Joan of Arc). The church also named her patroness of Catholic missionaries. For what reason were the missions placed under her patronage?
Because her family donated money to the missions.
Because she had once been a missionary.
Because of her deep interest in, and prayers for, the missions.
Because her father had been a missionary.
Therese promised after her death to send down a miraculous shower of roses from Heaven. Shortly after her death, a mysterious shower of roses from the sky did, in fact, occur.
Therese's process of canonization was one of the shortest in Church history. How long after she died did the Church declare her a saint?
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