As this issue is consecrated to the “greatest Saint of the latter times” (Pope Pius XI on Saint Therese of the Child Jesus), let us consider some of the most important aspects of her devotion to Our Lady. There can be no better model for the Knight of the Immaculata who, first of all, knows that he is the little child of the best of all Mothers “who loves him so much” (Act of Consecration).
Shortly after her religious profession, Saint Therese painted a symbolic picture of herself. It showed a snow-white lily, symbolizing her soul, above which was a glistening star tracing the letter “M” – Marie – and letting fall its rays into the open petals below. She used to call herself, “the Little Flower of the Blessed Virgin,” and Mary, for her part, was called her “heavenly Gardener.”