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St Thérèse of Lisieux (The Little Flower)

To say that the Little Flower achieved much during her short life is a gross understatement.

Born in Normandy, France in 1873, God called her to heaven only 24 years later.

She always wanted to be a Saint, but knew that she could not do any great things to warrant that, so decided to do every little thing as perfectly as she could, and to suffer quietly any indignity or criticism offered to her, whether deserved or not. This was her "Little Way".

In 1925, she was canonised by Pope Pius XI, and later Pope John Paul II declared her to be a Doctor of the Church - only the third woman in history to be accorded that honour.

At the age of 15, she entered the Carmel of Lisieux, and the history of those nine years that she spent there is recorded in her "Autobiography", which she wrote under obedience.

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