St. Thérèse of Lisieux was the last of nine children born to Louis and Zelie Martin in 1873 in Alençon, France. At age 15 she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux, taking the name Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. There she lived a simple life of prayer, living each day with great confidence in God’s love. She wrote, “What matters most in life is not great deeds, but great love.” Thérèse strove to share that love with all those she came in contact with, even those whom it was difficult to love. She died after a long struggle with tuberculosis in 1897 at the age of 24. She was canonized in 1925, and was declared a Doctor of the Church by John Paul II in 1997. Her feast day is October 1.