St. Therese of Lisieux was born on January 2, 1873, in France and was the pampered daughter of religious parents. When she was young, she grew very ill and people thought she would die. One day, however, she prayed to a statue of Mary, Mary smiled at her, and Therese was cured. This prayerful attitude was very different from Therese's typical behavior, which was to cry whenever someone was the least bit mean, or criticized her. Over time, though, with prayer, this attitude left Therese. When Therese was 14, she wanted to enter the Carmelite convent that two of her sisters had before her, but she was told she was too young. Therese was still determined, so she went to the bishop. Denied by the bishop, she went to the Pope in Rome, and the Vicar General, impressed by her courage, let her enter the convent.