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St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus
St. Thérèse, often called the Little Flower, entered the Carmelite order in France by special dispensation when she was 15. Young, small in stature, and forbidden to do great deeds within the order, she sought a way to show her love of God. Her resulting “Little Way” emphasized small acts of sacrifice rather than heroics. After her death at the age of 24, her sisters compiled her writings. Her "Little Way" was an instant sensation among thousands of Catholics and others eager to find goodness and holiness in ordinary lives. In 1925, she was canonized. Perhaps the most beloved saint of the 20th Century, St. Therese is one of only three female saints to be declared by the Vatican to be a "Doctor of the Universal Church."

Porter’s 2007 painting, based on actual photographs of St. Therese, does justice to how she actually looked. Dressed in the traditional Carmelite habit, and holding a cross with roses, she emanates light and holiness. Her serene yet intense gaze makes it feel almost as if she is in the room with the painter. Originally commissioned by the Church of St. Christopher on Staten Island, NY, the painting features rich, contrasting color, beautifully rendered fabric, and a stirring, gentle, enigmatic portrait of the Little Flower.

“The reason this painting should be studied carefully is the expression of the saint herself. This is the look of one who contemplates the face of God. Masterful work indeed.”
-- Denis McNamara, PhD, from

• Archival-quality giclée on canvas
• Available in three sizes: 12" x 15", 16” x 20” and 22” x 28”
• Available unframed or framed.
• Created from the original 24" x 30" oil on linen commission

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Father Robert Barron Speaking on the Feast of St. Therese. Leonard Porter's St. Therese is seen in the background.


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