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Holy Family Year 6 students Ashley Makdessi and Cayde Herbert were among more than 100 of their peers who touched the relics and prayed before them. Before the liturgy, they had learnt about the life of the young Carmelite novice known as the ‘little flower’. Therese died at age 24 and was canonised as a saint in 1925 after a life of helping others, while never realising her wish to become a fully-fledged nun for family and political reasons.
“She helped people by doing little things like cleaning and cooking and travelling to help others,” Ashley said. “I felt really honoured to touch her relic.”
Cayde said he felt happy to be part of the visit, and that St Therese had been blessed with “a lovely heart and soul”.
“I felt really blessed to know we are one in hundreds of schools around Australia that got to touch something that belonged to a saint,” he said.
“St Therese had a big family and was the youngest of nine. She showed that you can always help people, even if it is by doing the smallest thing. Even if it is just giving them a smile every day.”