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St. Thérèse is known for her “Little Way.” In her quest for sanctity, she realized that it was not necessary to accomplish heroic acts, or “great deeds”, in order to attain holiness and to express her love of God. She wrote,

“Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.”

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face (The Little Flower), as a child along with her sisters, used a little string of beads to count their gifts of little sacrifices they did for love of God. Their mother, Zelie Martin, commended them at the end of each day for being so loving to the good Lord for sinners. They carried the beads in their pocket or kept them in a small drawer in the house. ( Reference: “The Story of a Family” by Fr. Stephane Piat, OFM (1944))

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