Our family was what we call a patriarchal family. Our parents, who in their youth had both considered religious life, kept a very fervent practice of the Christian life in their marriage. My father made it a firm policy to close his jewelry store on Sundays, despite the practice of other jewelry merchants to the contrary, and despite the urging of his friends, who pointed out to him that he was losing the business of those who prefer to shop on Sundays. He was, moreover, quite devoted to religious practices and willingly sought the company of clergymen; and out of respect for the priesthood, he greeted all the priests, even strangers, whom he met. Our mother was very pious and was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis, and in the education of her children, she strove to form them in the practices of piety and concepts of the faith.
Servant of God Françoise-Thérèse Martin, V.H.M.
Léonie Martin, Witness 7, Response to Question 11
Ordinary Process for the Beatification of Thérèse of Lisieux
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