On September 27th we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Teresa of Jesus as the first female doctor of the Church.
Less than three weeks later, on October 19th, we celebrated the 23rd anniversary of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus as the fourth female doctor of the church.
She is the youngest Doctor of the Church.
She is one of the only four women doctors.
She is joined by two other Carmelite Saints – Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross.
She was proclaimed a Doctor by Pope John Paul II. The reasons why she was proclaimed a Doctor are:
“During her life Therese discovered “new lights, hidden and mysterious meanings” and received from the divine Teacher that “science of love” which she then expressed with particular originality in her writings.” (“Divini Amoris Scientia (Apostolic Letter Proclaiming St. Therese a Doctor of the Church))
She made weakness and ‘littleness’ the basis for holiness. Amazing.