Also known as the Little Flower, or St Therese of Liseaux, this young saint who died at the age of 24 in 1897, achieved perfection in holiness through doing the simple things for God. She entered the convent at 15, with special permission from her bishop, and lived there only nine years. Her sister, who was the Mother Superior, asked her to write her life story, which became known as "The Story of a Soul," now one of the best selling Catholic books in the world. In it Therese describes her spiritual journey and her struggles with the Dark Night of the Soul when she was tempted severely by the devil. She also says that holiness can be achieved in any state of life.
John Paul II elevated her to a Doctor of the Church, becoming the third woman Doctor and bringing the total of Doctors of the Church to 33. Doctors teach us something new. Therese taught us how simplicity can lead to holiness. She famously and beautifully said, shortly before she died, "I shall spend my heaven doing good on earth." She is Patroness of the Missions.