The Suffering and Death of the Imago Dei: A Theological Perspective for Palliative and Hospice Care
Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin, better known today as Thérèse of Lisieux, was a Carmelite nun who died on September 30, 1897, in Lisieux, France, after an extended battle with tuberculosis, aged only 24. She was canonized a saint of the Catholic Church on May 17, 1925. Remarkably, the nuns who cared for St. Thérèse during the final months of her long illness chose to record their last conversations with her. These remain a vivid testament to the Catholic ideal of a holy death. They constitute a relatively recent historical example for how Catholics are called to experience, to accept, and to redeem the pain and suffering at the end of life.