Feast: 1st October
Family Unit Meeting: First Saturday
Theresa was born on 2nd January, 1873 as the youngest of the five daughters of Louis Martin, a rich textile merchant. Although they lost their mother when Theresa was only four years old, all the five sisters, overcoming the temptations of a rich lifestyle, became nuns. Theresa was particularly conspicuous for her virtues. Her child-like simplicity, utter humility, constant self-sacrifice and a boundless love for God and trust in Him were some of the most outstanding virtues.
She loved flowers and saw herself as the “Little Flower of Jesus,” and glorified God by just being her beautiful little self among all the other flowers in God’s garden. After a long struggle with tuberculosis, she died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24 and ever since she isshowering her heavenly rose upon humanity. Her last words were the story of her life: “MyGod, I love you!”. Little Flower, as she hascome to be popularly known, was canonized in1925 by Pius XI and was declared thepatroness of the missionary apostolatethroughout the world.