St. Therese of Lisieux offers herself to Merciful Love
June 9, 1895


     On June 9, 1895, while in choir, St. Therese was inspired to offer herself to the Merciful Love of God, "asking You to consume me incessantly, allowing the waves of infinite tenderness shut up within You to overflow into my soul, that thus I may become a martyr of Your love, O my God!"  She wrote out her inspiration in a document she titled "Offering of myself as a Victim of Holocaust to God's Merciful Love."  Note that the phrase "Act of Oblation to Merciful Love," often used to describe this offering, did not originate with Therese.  

     Two days later, on June 11, 1895, Therese and Celine offered themselves together to Merciful Love while kneeling before the statue of the Virgin that had smiled on Therese as a child.

     Explore Therese's life from June 9, 1895 until March 21, 1896, when Mother Marie de Gonzague was re-elected prioress.