Thérèse: The Story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
“The closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes.”
For All Saints’ Day, here’s a movie about Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower.
While undergoing several hardships as a child, including the death of her mother and constant bullying at school, young Therese remains devout in her Catholic faith and devotion to Jesus. At only age 15, she feels called by the Lord to become a nun and join her sisters in a cloistered Carmelite community, though the priest-superior believes she is too young and does not allow it.
After she is at last able to join the convent, she realizes she must continue to grow spiritually. Her faith is even shaken to a degree, especially when she begins to develop symptoms of a deadly illness.
Although naturally limited in its scope, the simple film offers an inspiring overview of the life of the popular saint and her perspective on faith, encouraging us to humble ourselves and “become like children” in our approach to God. The film is rated PG and is appropriate for the whole family.