Saint Therese of Lisieux was born to a pious middle-class French family of tradesmen; all four of her sisters became nuns. At age 8, she was cured of an illness when a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary smiled at her. Just before her 14th birthday, Therese had a vision of the Child Jesus and from then on, had unshakeable faith. She had tried to join the Carmelites but was unable to until she turned 17. Saint Therese was told not to fast due to her health problems with tuberculosis. She eventually died from her illness and was declared a doctor of the church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.
O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love. O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands...(think about intention)... St. Therese, help me to always believe as you did in God's great love for me, so that I might imitate your "Little Way" each day, amen.