Saint Pius X
" The greatest saint of modern times."
"It is our wish that the secret of the holiness of Sister
Thérèse of the Child Jesus should not remain hidden
from any of our sons". (1921)
"From the depths of her enclosed convent, she fascinates
the world today with the magic of her example, an example of holiness
which everyone can and must follow; for everyone must enter on
the 'Little Way', a way of golden simplicity, which is childlike
in name only. On the 'Way of Spiritual Infancy' .... 'Little Thérèse'
has become the 'Great Saint Thérèse' (1925).
Angelo Roncalli - Later Pope John
"I shall never cease blessing and exalting the little and
great saint who has always been, and always will be, the lucky
star of my mission in France. It was at the altar in the chapel
dedicated to her in Ankara, in the heart of Turkey, that I bade
farewell to the Orient, where I had spent twenty years of apostolic
ministry. Every day, I look at her marble statue in my private
chapel in the nunciature; better still, I turn to her in prayer
and confide to her all my problems and difficulties in the ministry
of reconciliation and peace which is my mission in the service
of the Holy Church and of France also."
"You know that I was baptized in 1897, on the day when Thérèse
Martin, later Thérèse of the Child Jesus, passed
away in France. On one of the secret notes she made before her
death (cf. Last Conversations), Thérèse said, 'When
I am dead, I shall visit the cradles of baptized infants'. On
pilgrimage in Rome, she had encountered some mediocre priests;
instead of criticizing them and retreating to the periphery, she
resolved to place herself at the very heart of things, in love
alone. I shall read you what she said about this in the 'Story
of a Soul"'. Taking the book, the Pope read out the famous
passage, "I understood that Love comprised all vocations,
that Love was everything, that it embraced all times and places.
I cried out, I have found my place in the Church. My vocation
(Reported by Jean Guitton, who adds, "Paul VI did not read
me the French text, but the Latin translation in the breviary.")
Albino Luciani - Later John Paul
"Dear Little Thérèse I was 17 when I read your
autobiography. It hit me like a thunderbolt. You had called it
'Spring Story of a Little White Flower'; but the willpower, courage
and resolution which it revealed made it seem to me the story
of a steel bar. From the moment you chose the path of total dedication
to God, nothing could stop you; neither illness, nor external
opposition, nor inner clouds and darkness."
John Paul II
"The holy patron of the missions comes from your region.
From Lisieux, Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the
Holy Face has spread her missionary zeal throughout the world.
Her spiritual teaching, which is of luminous simplicity, still
touches the faithful in all walks of life. It is right that we
should ask her to help Catholics in France to follow in her holy
footsteps and to develop their solidarity with their brothers
in Europe, Africa and other parts of the world, so that all can
share in the gifts received from Christ, our Savior." (1992)