The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Therese Martin of the Child Jesus

Saint Thérèse of LisieuxArticle

(The Little Flower of Jesus) The charm of innocence and of youth envelops the life of the Servant of God, Therese Martin of the Child Jesus. She was born at Alengon on 2 January 1873, and died a Carmelite nun at Lisieux on 30 September 1897. By order of her superiors she was obliged to commit to writing an account of her spiritual life. In it she has revealed to posterity what a truly chosen soul was hers and what care she took to preserve unsullied the clean garment of baptismal innocence. In her humility she says of herself: “I have never done things heroically divine. I am nothing but a little weak child-soul over which the good God has bountifully poured His holy grace.” But great was her zeal to permit none of those many graces to pass unused. Fidelity in little things made her so pleasing in the sight of God and ever brought her still greater grace. And God provided that her love of the cross was no mere sentiment. Her record shows a great knowledge of the science of the saints. Her life has excited great interest outside of France. The bishop of Bayeux, to which diocese Lisieux belongs, has already opened the preliminary process of her beatification.

MLA Citation

  • Father Constantine Kempf, SJ. “Therese Martin of the Child Jesus”. The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 March 2018. Web. 27 January 2021. <>