The spirituality and message of St Thérèse of Lisieux became known to millions through the publication of her autobiography Story of a Soul a year after her death. Here we hope you will find some insight to the intensity of her love for God, her prayerfulness and knowledge of Scripture and the simplicity of her life.

Some Words
of St Thérèse...
  • ...God Our Father loves us always, absolutely, unfailingly, eternally

    How great is the power of prayer!

    Until my coming to Carmel, I had never fathomed the depths of the treasures hidden in the Holy Face

    God gave me a Father and Mother more worthy of Heaven than of Earth

    MY VOCATION IS LOVE!

    I understood that without love all words are nothing.

    Any glory that I shall have will be a gratuitous gift from God and will not belong to me.

    I am not dying; I am entering into life.

    I go to Him with confidence and love…

    I feel that my mission is about to begin, my mission to make God loved as I love Him, to teach souls my little way.

    It (the Little Way) is the way of spiritual childhood, the way of trust and absolute surrender.

    Jesus does not demand great actions from us but simply surrender and gratitude.

    Doesn’t Wisdom say: “Life is like a ship that ploughs the restless waves and leaves after it no trace of its rapid passage”?

    When I think of the past, my soul overflows with gratitude when I see the favours I received from Heaven.

    …charity consists in bearing with the faults of others, in not being surprised at their weakness, in being edified by the smallest acts of virtue we see them practise

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In Story of a Soul St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face wrote ‘I wondered what name I would be given in Carmel…. I thought of Little Jesus whom I loved so much and I said: Oh! How happy I would be if they called me Thérèse of the Child Jesus’ and ‘Until my coming to Carmel, I had never fathomed the depths of the treasures hidden in the Holy Face’
 
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Carmelite Pilgrimage to Lisieux 2014
Thursday 25th September to
Wednesday1st October 2014
In Lisieux for the Feast Day Celebrations
     
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The beatification of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin in 2009 evokes the famous words of St Thérèse 'God gave me a Father and Mother more worthy of Heaven than of Earth'. As we reflect on their lives we continue to pray for their canonisation.
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For me prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial, as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus. St Thérèse in Story of a Soul.