St. Therese of Lisieux, also known to many as the "Little Flower," was known for her "little" sacrifices. Many Catholics can relate to Therese's "little way" of trusting in Jesus and her way of relying on small daily sacrifices instead of great deeds in her quest for sanctity. Not everyone can do big or great deeds, but we can each do something small and with great love. This was her mission.
She loved flowers and saw herself as the "little flower of Jesus," who gave glory to God just by being her own little self among all the other flowers in God's garden.
"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."
She passed away at the young age of 24 in 1897, and was canonized in 1925 by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925.
We have been fortunate enough to obtain a first class relic/reliquary of St. Therese of Lisieux from the estate of a lady who's uncle was a Vatican priest for over twenty years. He obtained it from a Carmelite nun named Sr. Madeline Marie or Marie Madeline, when visiting St. Therese's convent sometime in the late 50s or early 60s. The nun made the reliquary to hold the first class relic she was given when St. Therese was canonized in 1925. She was a young nun at the time.
The little reliquary which holds it is a sweet and beautiful bit of handmade craftsmanship and is very intricate. It is completely sealed in glass and has an image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the center which looks like it came from a vintage greeting card or holy card or similar item.
On the underside, also covered in glass, is a beehive. After a little research, we discovered that Saint Therese often wrote about honey bees in her writings.
In notes the uncle made about the relic in his diary, he wrote the Latin word 'os' for its origin which translates to 'bone'.
The relic is not Vatican certified, as it was made by the nun for herself to keep. Apparently, this is not uncommon, as nuns and priests often make their own reliquaries when they are given relics. We do believe it to be an authentic relic and will be happy to touch your rosary crucifix to this relic if you request it, thus making your crucifix a third class relic. Let us know in your order notes.
Below, touching a devotional medal and rosary to the Relic of St. Therese of Lisieux.
Basilica of St. Thérèse in Lisieux