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WHEN Therese was 8 years old she was cured because a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled upon her.
When Therese was still very young she did kind little deeds for everyone. She prepared for her First Holy Communion by making many little sacrifices. She became a very special friend of Jesus. She once said, "From the age of three, I never refused our good God anything. I have never given Him anything but love."

Therese entered the Carmelite convent at the age of fifteen. She wanted to save souls, and to help priests save souls, by prayer, sacrifice, and suffering. Her "Little Way" means love and trust in God.

St. Therese is called the Little Flower of Jesus because she loved the Infant Jesus and, like a child, did little things to please God.

When she was dying, St. Therese pressed her crucifix to her heart and, looking up to heaven and said, "I love Him! My God, I love You!" She was only 24 years old when she died in 1897.

O God our Father, You destined Your Kingdom for Your children who are humble. Help us imitate the way of Theresa, so that, by intercession, we attain the eternal glory which You promise.

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