On entering the Chapel of the Carmelites of Lisieux one feels in communion with St. Thérèse who lived here from 9th April, 1888 until 30th September, 1897. Pilgrims can come and venerate the remains of St. Thérèse in the Chapel of the Reliquary. A wax statue is fashioned after the saint at the moment of her death, a delicate smile on her face. The saint is buried below.
Engraved along the top of the case are her words: Je veux passer mon ciel faire du bien sur la terre; “I want to spend my Heaven doing good on earth.” Above her is the actual statue of Notre Dame du Sourire, the one that cured St. Therese during her illness.