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Discovering “The Little Way” with the Help of St. Therese

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Two weeks ago, I spent Thanksgiving in Chicago, visiting my aunt and uncle. It was a chance for me to get away and spend some time with my two fun-loving relatives! We did some shopping, watched Hallmark and LifeTimes movies (while my uncle rolled his eyes, lol), and my aunt and I went to the National Shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux…

My favorite saint… EVER.

I could go on for days about why I love St. Therese so much. I have a small statue of her in my room, so many books, her saint medal, and my collection is GROWING!!! I’m a firm believer that there is no such thing as having too much St. Therese merchandise.

My goal is to have my future home filled with nothing but St. Therese (just kidding…not really).

To put it as simply as I can, St. Therese joined the Carmelite community at the young age of 15! She actually went to see the pope, asking for his permission to join it, for an exception to be made for her.

THAT is how much she loves Jesus. She was very eager to give her entire self to Him for the rest of her life.

In fact, she even prayed that God would help her hate her own will for her life. St. Therese had a deep love for her parents (who are also saint, BTW), and her many sisters (who also became religious sisters), but above all else, all she wanted was Jesus, and she wanted God to help her heart want Him and only Him.

Wow…right?

She dedicated her entire life to living what is called, “The Little Way.” She believed that God loves humility and loves what is little, which is totally true. She said she knew that by becoming little, God would have mercy. She trusted in His mercy with the faith of a child. St. Therese Jesus loved her littleness.

She died at the age of 24 from tuburculosis.

This is truly only scratching the surface of who she is and what she believed. You can read more about her here:

I had a chance to see her first and second class relics as well. It’s a mix of her writings and things she owned 🙂 I also venerated a strand of her hair but I didn’t get a good photo of it.

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A replica of St. Therese’s convent bedroom. [Image Credit: Lexie Metzler]
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St. Therese’s chair she would use while teaching novices at the Carmel.  [Image Credit: Lexie Metzler]
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Some of St. Therese’s belongings and a piece of her body. [Credit: Lexie Metzler]
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These are flowers that St. Therese would place in front of the statue of the Child Jesus at the Carmel. These are artificial which she would use when real ones were not available. [Image Credit: Lexie Metzler]
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St. Therese’s dinner plate. [Image Credit: Lexie Metzler]
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A copy of the original “A Story of a Soul” written by St. Therese in her student book. [Image Credit: Lexie Metzler]
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[Image Credit: Lexie Metzler]
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St. Therese’s cup and belongings. [Image Credit: Lexie Metzler]
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A piece of St. Therese’s body. [Image Credit: Lexie Metzler]
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A case containing various relics: a piece of her flesh, bone, hair, dust from her coffin, and a piece of her habit. [Image Credit: Lexie Metzler]
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My gift shop finds. [Image Credit: Lexie Metzler]
Who is your favorite saint and why? Let me know below!

xoxo

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