Tag: St. Therese

  • Why Is St. Thérèse So Popular?

    What is the great secret of St. Thérèse of Lisieux? A bourgeois French girl joins a cloistered convent at the age of 15, spends her days in prayer, work and silence, hidden from the world, journals her spiritual experiences and tragically dies of tuberculosis at 24 years old in 1897. Yet, just 28 years later, during the Holy Year of 1925, Pope Pius XI canonizes her a saint at a Mass attended by tens of thousands, a magnificent basilica is built in her honor in her hometown and she rapidly becomes one of the most popular saints in the entire history of the Catholic Church.