Our patroness and guide

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

The Little Way

St. Thérèse of Lisieux is the originator of the Little Way, a method of living one's baptismal vocation in the ordinariness of everyday life. It is not about being perfect, or living in fear of God, but rather, the Little Way is living relationship with God with the trust of a child, whether 8 or 80 years old.

Imperfect as we are, the parish family of Little Flower Catholic Church and School strives to follow the witness of St. Thérèse and her Little Way. Why? Not as something to boast to God about on the day of judgment, but because life is better, more beautiful, and more free when I live this way. It fills one’s life with happiness and, after all, what loving parent doesn’t desire most of all the happiness of their children?

An illustration of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the patroness and guide of Little Flower Catholic Church and School, depicted holding our parish in protection

"Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always do the smallest right and doing it all for love."

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

A statue of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in the garden of the school at Little Flower Catholic Church and School in Pensacola, Florida

the love and mercy of God

Relationship with God without fear.

In her great humanity, St. Thérèse knew that life is more beautiful, more dynamic, more free, when I live the relationship with people and things from their foundation––their beginning––which is love, not fear.

This is especially true of our relationship with God and for St. Thérèse there was no doubt that God is merciful love. At the heart of the Little Way is this commitment then to live out the relationship with all of life beginning from this fact of love and mercy.

a child before god

Relationship without a need for perfection.

The Little Way is not about being perfect. In fact, St. Thérèse knew she could never be perfect and never pretended that she could be. The Little Way recognizes that we are like little children before a perfect God. Loved perfectly in our imperfections, weaknesses and sins, but with arms outstretched begging to the One who gives us mercy and help for our journey.

In the Little Way, one strives to always live the relationship with God as a child. It fills one’s life with happiness and, after all, what loving parent doesn’t desire most of all the happiness of their children?​

A student dressed as St. Thérèse of Lisieux, during our St. Thérèse of Lisieux parish wide festival at Little Flower Church in Pensacola, Florida
Bright red rose against gray background 

the love and mercy of God

Relationship with God in the ordinariness.

St. Thérèse reflected the Little Way as a commitment to the tasks and people we meet in our everyday lives. She took her assignments in the Carmel of Lisieux as ways of manifesting her love for God and others. Above all, she tried to show a love for all the nuns in the community; most especially the ones who annoyed her or for whom she did not have a natural friendship with.

On the many occasions that she failed she would simply turn to God, as the little child before Him that she was, begging for mercy and grace.

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Birthdate

Marie Francoise Thérèse Martin was born to Zelie and Louis Martin on January 2, 1873, and baptized two days later on January 4th. Jan 2nd, 1873

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Carmel

On April 9, 1888, an Thérèse Martin said good-bye to all that was familiar to her to, as she said, live "for ever and ever" in the desert with Jesus and twenty-four enclosed companions.

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Vows

Thérèse was filled with a great peace when she made her profession on September 8, 1890. She was given relief through reading the words of St. John of the Cross.

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Death

Thérèse suffered terribly with tuberculosis, and after a long and painful battle with the disease, entered heaven at the age of 24 on September 30th, 1897

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Canonization

Thérèse was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17th, 1925, who would later proclaim her the Universal Patron of the Missions on December 14, 1927.

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