This young woman, without ever leaving the walls of her cloister, became a Doctor of the Church and patroness of the missions. Her love and zeal drove her to desire to be all things: she was not satisfied to be "just" a martyr or "just" an apostle or teacher. St. Therese had the insight to understand that love covers everything:
I knew that one love drove the members of the Church to action, that if this love were ever extinguished, the apostles would have proclaimed the Gospel no longer, the martyrs would have shed their blood no more.St. Therese is a model for us all. By doing all tasks as an offering of love to God, she was able to cover the whole world with grace. By washing the laundry, sweeping the halls, being faithful to even the smallest details, she became a missionary to the nations without traveling any distance.
As contemplative missionaries, we are also love in the heart of the Church. And as the Little Flower reminds us, love is everlasting.