i have read that she suffered with despair/suicide and would have killed herself if not for her faith
yet, i do not remember where i read this. does anyone know? or know how I can find out? i wanted to suggest her autobiography to people suffering with despair/suicide to learn from her how her faith helped her - but I do not know know the source of this quote
given that Mother Teresa actually named herself after St. Therese of Liseux, the Patron Saint of Missionaries, (Mother Teresa was initially Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu and became Mary Teresa) and St. Therese of Liseux became one of the three female Doctors of the Catholic Church at only age 24, the youngest Doctor ever, and she also appeared to St. Maria Faustina (as reported in her diary - note: St. Therese of Liseux was canonized the exact same day that St. Maria Faustina entered convent books.google.com/books?id=NORyG_JzRBwC&pg=PA10&lpg=PA10&dq=faustina+therese+lisieux&source=web&ots=EEsHBbnJEr&sig=dJX_c6FvuHXNWeqSMXh-rReLRnI&hl=en&ei=YheOSef7KZKasAPByfCOCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=2&ct=result) she is an extremely inspiring saint, particularly for young women
Diary of St. Maria Faustina Divine Mercy in My Soul saint-faustina.com/Diary/DMIMS1.shtml
150 +I want to write down a dream that I had about Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. I was still a novice at the time and was going through some difficulties which I did not know how to overcome. They were interior difficulties connected with exterior ones. I made novenas to various saints, but the situation grew more and more difficult. The sufferings it caused me were so great that I did not know how to go on living, but suddenly the thought occurred to me that I should pray to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. I started a novena to this Saint, because before entering the convent I had had a great devotion to her. Lately I had somewhat neglected this devotion, but in my need I began again to pray with great fervor.
On the fifth day of the novena, I dramed of Saint Therese, but it was as if she were still living on earth. She hid from me the fact that she was saint and began to comfort me, saying that I should not be worried about this matter, but should trust more in God. She said, “I suffered greatly, too,” but I did not quite believe her and said, “It seems to me that you have not suffered at all.” But Saint Therese answered me in a convincing manner that she had suffered very much indeed and said to me, “Sister, know that in three days the difficulty will come to a happy conclusion.” When I was not very willing to believe her, she revealed to me that she was a saint. At that moment, a great joy filled my soul, and I said to her, “You are a saint?” “Yes,” she answered, “I am a saint. Trust that this matter will be resolved in three days:” And I said, “Dear sweet Therese, tell me, shall I go to heaven?” And she answered, “Yes, you will go to heaven, Sister.” “And will I be a saint?” To which she replied, “Yes, you will be a saint.” “But, little Therese, shall I be a saint as you are, raised to the altar?” And she answered, “Yes, you will be a saint just as I am, but you must trust in the Lord Jesus.” I then asked her if my mother and father would go to heaven, will [unfinished sentence] And she replied that they would. I further asked, "And will my brothers and sisters go to heaven?
She told me to pray hard for them, but gave me no definite answer. I understood that they were in need of much prayer.
This was a dream. And as the proverb goes, dreams are phantoms; God is faith. Nevertheless, three days later the difficulty was solved very easily, just as she had said. And everything in this affair turned out exactly as she said it would. It was a dream, but it had its significance.
Autobiography of St. Therese of Liseux: The Story of a Soul gutenberg.org/etext/16772