St. Thérèse of The Child Jesus and The Holy Face, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Little Flower. By either name she is known and loved by millions. Her feast day is October 1st. She was a Discalced Carmelite nun whose ‘Little Way’ has brought many to God. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, is well worth a read.
St. Theresa of Jesus, St. Theresa of Avila. A Carmelite nun who founded the Discalced Carmelite Order in Spain in 1562, was a great mystic and the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church in 1970. Her writings, The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle, showing her progress toward union with God and the achievement of Contemplation are a must read for anyone devoted to prayer. Her feast day is October 15th.
Pope St. John Paul II. Pope John Paul the Great. A prolific writer and defender of the Faith, dedicated to Our Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus. He focused much of his papacy on the subject of human rights and was instrumental in helping to bring freedom to his native Poland. He was elected Pope on October 16, 1978; died on April 2, 2005, Divine Mercy Sunday; was Beatified May 1, 2011 and Canonized a Saint on April 27, 2014. His feast day is October 22nd.
All three of these great Saints mean so much to me, have taught me more than I can say over the 25 years since my Confirmation at the age of 41.