How Did She Get the Name
"Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face"?

Following the biblical tradition, when people entered religious life, they took a new name to signify their new call from God. When she entered the Carmelite Monastery to give her life to God, Marie Francoise Thérèse Martin took the religious name "Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face." Thérèse had great devotion to the Infant Jesus, and her spirituality was a childlike simplicity and trust in God's love. In Lisieux, the Carmelite Monastery had a great devotion to the suffering Holy Face of Jesus that was reflected on the veil of Veronica. This included an outdoor shrine in the cloister garden. Because Thérèse was constantly looking to see the hidden Holy Face of Jesus in everyone and everything, Thérèse took that as the second part of her religious name. She explained: "I desire that, like the Face of Jesus, my face be truly hidden that no one on earth would know me. I thirsted after suffering and I longed to be forgotten." Her religious name, Sr. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and Holy Face, therefore came to signify what she was about and how God's grace was working in her.

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