St. Thérèse of Lisieux, popularly known as the “Little Flower of Jesus,” lived a life of faith by dedicating herself to charity. She started practicing Christianity at the young age of 14, and just a year after, she decided to enter the Carmelite convent in Lisieux where she took the name Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.
At the convent, Thérèse expressed her great devotion to God by performing little acts of charity and sacrifices for others. To her, it didn’t matter how “unimportant” her acts seemed to be—what mattered more was that these acts helped her come to a deeper understanding of her vocation. “What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love,” Thérèse popularly wrote in her autobiography Story of a Soul.
As a young girl, Thérèse adored flowers and saw herself as the “Little Flower of Jesus.” Her explanation to this was that she was giving glory to God by simply being her beautiful little self—just like all the other flowers in God’s garden. Because of this beautiful analogy, the title “little flower” remained with St. Thérèse throughout the decades. (Read: A Life of Devotion: St. Thérèse and Her ‘Little Ways’ of Loving)
On September 30, 1897, at the age of 24, Thérèse died of tuberculosis. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925, and was declared the patron saint of missionaries, AIDS sufferers, florists, and the sick.
Feast Day Novena Prayer to St. Thérèse
St. Thérèse, Flower of fervor and love, please intercede for us.
Fill our hearts with your pure love of God.
As we approach and celebrate your feast day,
make us more aware of the goodness of
God and how well He tends His garden.
Instill in us your little way of doing
ordinary things with extraordinary love.
Give us the heart of a child who wonders
at life and embraces everything with loving enthusiasm.
Teach us your delight in God’s ways
so that divine charity may blossom in our hearts.
Little Flower of Jesus, bring our petitions
(mention in silence here)
before God, our Father.
With your confidence, we come before Jesus
as God’s children,
because you are our heavenly friend.
As we celebrate the Feast Day of your
homecoming in heaven, continue to
shower roses and grace upon us.
This prayer is being used by the Carmelites during the Feast Day Novena.