St. Therese of Lisieux was born Jan. 2, 1873, in France. At the age of 8, she was cured from an illness after a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary smiled at her. When she was 15, she became a Carmelite nun. St. Therese named her path to God as “the little way.” This “little way” is based on loving and trusting God. Miracles have been attributed to her. She died in Lisieux, France, of tuberculosis in 1897. In 1997, Pope John Paul II declared her a doctor of the church. St. Therese is patron saint of sick people.