You know, Mother, I have always wanted to be a saint.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Manuscript C, Folio 02, verso
The desires of Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus were realized on 17 May 1925 when Pope Pius XI decreed that she “was a Saint and was to be inscribed in the calendar of the Saints.”
In the decree of canonization Vehementer exultamus hodie, Pope Pius XI wrote:
Today, faithful flock of Christ, the Church offers a new and most noble model of virtue for all of you to contemplate unceasingly. For the peculiar characteristic of the sanctity to which God called Thérèse of the Child Jesus lies chiefly in this, that having heard the Divine call she obeyed with the utmost promptness and fidelity. Without going beyond the common order of things, in her way of life she followed out and fulfilled her vocation with such alacrity, generosity, and constancy that she reached an heroic degree of virtue. In our own day, when men seek so passionately after temporal goods, this young maiden lived in our midst practicing in all simplicity and devotedness the Christian virtues in order to honor God and to win eternal life. May her example strengthen in virtue and lead to a more perfect life, not only the cloistered souls but those living in the world.
Pius XI, Taylor T 1925 – 2022, Canonization, Bull of Canonization of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (Vehementer exultamus hodie), EWTN, viewed 16 May 2022, https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/canonization-13797.
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