Born Marie Francoise Therese Martin in 1873 to Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, Saint Therese de Lisieux (also referred to as St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face) is affectionately called the Little Flower. In her autobiography, which is included in the book ‘The Story of a Soul,” she writes “The only way I have of proving my love is to strew flowers before Thee – that is to say, I will let no tiny sacrifice pass, no look, no word. I wish to profit by the smallest actions, and to do them for Love. I wish to suffer for Love’s sake, and for Love’s sake even to rejoice; thus shall I strew flowers.”
A doctor of the Church, the saint’s “little way” of love and Christian spirituality encourages people to love and serve God with a childlike trust in His eternal goodness. It has been a big inspiration to many. Here are seven quotes from St. Therese de Lisieux, who’s Feast day is October 1, that can inspire such things as faith, love and forgiveness.