The portrait and the story of a soul: Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus | 2021


A brief presentation of the history of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, portrayed in oil on linen by the artist Gabriela Vaz Meirelles. The book “The Story of a Soul”, an autobiography by Thérèse of Lisieux, narrates her story and her “little way”, the foundation of her spirituality, an original rediscovery of the Gospel that would be like a small way of offering love to God in the little things of everyday life, which can be equally followed by each one of us.



“Every detail of my mother’s illness is still with me, specially her last weeks on earth.. When Mummy died, my happy disposition changed. I had been so lively and open; now I became diffident and oversensitive, crying if anyone looked at me. I was only happy if no one took notice of me… It was only in the intimacy of my own family, where everyone was wonderfully kind, that I could be more myself.”

“A second period of my life, the most painful of the three: it extends from the age of four-and-a-half to fourteen, the time when I rediscovered my childhood character, and entered into the serious side of life.”

“Our Blessed Lady has come to me, she has smiled upon me. How happy I am!”

“God worked a little miracle to make me grow up in an instant … On that blessed night… Jesus, who saw fit to make Himself a child out of love for me, saw fit to have me come forth from the swaddling clothes and imperfections of childhood.”

“The Kingdom of God is within you’ (Lc 17,21). Turn thee with thy whole heart unto the Lord; and forsake this wretched world: and thy soul shall find rest.”

“I met many saintly priests that month, but I also found that in spite of being above angels by their supreme dignity, they were none the less men and still subject to human weakness. If the holy priests, ‘the salt of the earth’, as Jesus calls them in the Gospel, have to be prayed for, what about the lukewarm? Again, as Jesus says, ‘If the salt shall lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted?’ I understood my vocation in Italy.”

“When you stop watching the infallible compass [of obedience], as quickly the mind wanders in arid lands where the water of grace is soon lacking.”

“May creatures be nothing for me, and may I be nothing for them, but may You, Jesus, be everything! Let nobody be occupied with me, let me be looked upon as one to be trampled underfoot … may Your will be done in me perfectly… Jesus, allow me to save very many souls; let no soul be lost today; let all the souls in purgatory be saved…”

“If by a weakness I happen to fall, may a glance from Your Eyes immediately purify my soul and consume all my imperfections, as fire consumes all things in itself.”

“Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me.”

“…you shall be carried at the breasts, and upon the knees they shall caress you. As one whom the mother caresseth, so will I comfort you…”
ISAIAH 63:12-13

“I will seek out a means of getting to Heaven by a little way—very short and very straight little way that is wholly new. We live in an age of inventions; nowadays the rich need not trouble to climb the stairs, they have lifts instead. Well, I mean to try and find a lift by which I may be raised unto God, for I am too tiny to climb the steep stairway of perfection. […] Thine Arms, then, O Jesus, are the lift which must raise me up even unto Heaven. To get there I need not grow. On the contrary, I must remain little, I must become still less.”

“Nothing is small when love is big.”



TERESINHA, S. História de uma alma: manuscritos autobiográficos (tradução das Religiosas do Carmelo do Imaculado Coração de Maria e de Santa Teresinha). São Paulo: Paulus, 1986.

Thérèse de Lisieux. In Wikipedia. Available at:

MIRACLE of Saint Thérèse. Directed by Andre Haguet. France: Paris Studios Cinema, 1952. 1 DVD (90 min.).

THÉRÈSE. Directed by Leonardo Defilippis. USA: Saint Luke Productions, 2004. 1 DVD (96 min.).


Production and presentation:

Gabriela Vaz Meirelles



Small Room Production



Mac Gheri

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