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St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Young Thérèse, who would become a great Carmelite nun, received her First Communion on May 8, 1884, the day of her sister Pauline's religious profession. During Mass, 11-year-old Thérèse cried tears of joy. She would later describe it thus: "Ah ! How sweet was Jesus' first kiss to my soul! ... It was a kiss of love, I felt loved, and I also said: I love you, I give myself to you forever.” It was also after receiving Communion at Christmas 1886 that she said she had received the grace of a great conversion: "I felt charity entering my heart, the need to forget myself to please others, and since then I have been happy," she wrote later in her manuscripts.

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