St. Therese Receiving Roses from the Child Jesus
Made of hand-painted plaster with painted eyes.
Saint Therese, the Little Flower, was the last of nine children and was born on January 2, 1873, in France. Therese's Mother died when she was only four years old. Her Father and sisters would give lots of attention to Therese. She wanted everything she could out of life.
She entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to become a nun. Therese wanted to give her entire life for God. Her life was simple, and she devoted much of it to prayer and conversations with God. Therese had a terrible struggle with tuberculosis. St. Therese wrote about her conversations with God. She described her life as a little way of spiritual childhood in her autobiography, titled story of a soul. She lived and taught that loving one another is loving God.
On May 17, 1925, Pope Pius II canonized her a Saint. Therese said that her mission would start after her death.