St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Little Flower

1. If you were invited to a Halloween/ All Saints Day Costume Party, which saint would you dress up as and why? (The Blessed Virgin Mary,the Mother of God, is not an option.)

I would definitely want to dress up as St. Thérèse of Lisieux. St. Thérèse is a beautiful model of love and has been a dear friend to me for a long time. We have much in common in many areas of our lives. However, I did also contemplate St. Catherine of Siena, whom I feel very close to as well.

2. Which saint or other person would accompany you to the party?

My sisters - Pauline, Léonie, and Céline. I am hoping we would meet all of the rest of the heavenly saints at the party.

3. What famous quote would help others identify you?

"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy; in a word, something noble, supernatural, which enlarges my soul and unites it to God.... I have not the courage to look through books for beautiful prayers.... I do as a child who has not learned to read, I just tell our Lord all that I want and he understands."

or this one:
I have flames within me; I want to be set on fire with love.”

or this one:
"O Jesus, my Love, my vocation, at last I have found it ... my vocation is Love!"

4. Describe your costume.

I would wear the brown Carmelite habit of course and be carrying a bouquet of roses and a crucifix. I would have enough roses to share with everyone at the party, so each could present his/her rose to Jesus and to Mary. I guess I had better take a large truck, van, or SUV.

5. Which movie or film best depicts the life of this saint?

Thérèse, the Story of St. Thérèse of Lisieux , 2005 Luke Films directed by Leonardo de Philippis was wonderful! I saw it at a movie theater in St. Louis, MO when it first came out and the theatre was filled with so many Carmelite religious, I felt as if I were at a convent or monastery, rather than at a movie theatre. What a comforting feeling!

I also enjoyed an older black and white version of her life story I have seen a few times on EWTN. I believe it was filmed in 1939.

6. What is your favorite book written about this saint or that he or she has written? There are many great books on St. Therese, but my favorite has to be The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul.

Since there are six questions here, I will tag the following six people: Thomas at American Papist, Gerald at The Cafeteria is Closed, Moneybags at A Catholic Life, Ukok at Catholic Mum, Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii, and Barb at SFO Mom. Everyone reading this is invited to particpate as well. Enjoy!


  1. Jean, thanks for the email my dear, I was just reading you through bloglines, too!

    Many blessings to you for your wise and considered words about my Daughter and I.

    God Bless!

  2. Thank you for the tag! I just posted my answers on my blog.

  3. I'm slow, but I got it done! Thanks for the tag!


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