Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, is without a doubt one of the world’s most popular Catholic saints. Her relics draw great crowds, and Catholics from the world over make pilgrimage en masse to places associated with her life.
Saint Thérèse’s vision of Catholicism was one of daily charity and prayer, where Jesus was close and approachable, not one of ritual and a distant God that required in-betweens.
As a Doctor of the Church, Saint Thérèse’s writings have been the topic of discussion for many learned men and women throughout the century that has passed since her death. However, through her heartfelt style of writing and simple message it has also touched a great number of lay Christians, in ways no one could have foreseen during her lifetime.