Adult Education

CREDO: Thérèse of Lisieux

This year our popular series CREDO: Essentials of Christian Theology focuses on four female mystics whose lives span the 12th to the 19th centuries. Today Associate Pastor Kate Dunn concludes the series with one of the church’s most popular saints.

Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin (known as “the Little Flower of Jesus”) was born in France in 1873. Both her life and her spirituality were marked by a profound simplicity. Rather than seeking to achieve stature or accomplish great deeds, she wrote, “I will seek out a means of getting to Heaven by a little way—very short and very straight little way that is wholly new.” Although Thérèse died of tuberculosis at age 24, she left a substantial legacy of poetry, plays and spiritual texts.

The complete CREDO series is listed on the right.