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Today’s Readings – Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

St Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor (Memorial)


Marie Francoise Therese Martin was born on 2 January 1873 at Alencon, southwest of Rouen in the north of France. She was the youngest daughter of Louis Martin, a watchmaker, and his wife, Zelie-Marie Guerin, a lacemaker, who died of breast cancer when Theresa was four years old. Both parents had wanted to enter religious life and, when they could not, hoped their children would do so. There were nine children but only five girls survived.



Therese grew up in a traditional religious home having little contact with the world, typical of middle-class Catholicism of the time. In 1877 the family moved to Lisieux in Normandy, where an aunt helped to look after the girls and where Theresa went to the Benedictine … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saint Jerome

St Jerome, Priest and Doctor (Memorial)

Jerome was born about 341 at Strido in Dalmatia (modern-day Croatia). He received his first education from his father and then was taught by the grammarian Donatus in Rome. His study of rhetoric is apparent in the … Continue


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