St. Edith Stein indicates that there is an inexhaustible source of power for women who are tested beyond their "strength of body and nerves", and "it depends only on knowing one's way and going to this source again and again."
In 1921 Pauline and Marie Martin - Sister Agnès of Jesus and Sr. Marie of the Sacred Heart - had the happy fortune to visit their childhood home in Lisieux, a rare privilege, although Pauline doesn't give the reasons for the honor. But she describes the visit in detail...
St. Louis Martin wrote to his wife, St. Zélie Martin to describe his happiness when he was able to visit the shrine of Notre-Dame des Victoires on a business trip to Paris: it "is like a little heaven on earth."
When St. Thérèse was still an infant on the farm with her wet nurse Rose, St. Zélie Martin describes one visit she made to the farm to visit little Thérèse. "She let out piercing screams when she didn't see the wet nurse anymore."
After the healing of St. Thérèse on 13 May, her sister Pauline wrote to Thérèse to offer words of gratitude, compassion, and encouragement. "What a joy to see you well! How good the Blessed Virgin really is!"
Saint Teresa of the Andes entered the Carmel of the Holy Spirit in the township of Los Andes, some 90 kilometers from her home in Santiago de Chile on Wednesday, 7 May 1919. The Prioress said that when Teresa said farewell to her oldest sister, she said, "Until heaven! Life is so short!"
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was thrilled to learn that her second niece was born during Holy Week 1905, and she wrote to her sister Guite as soon as permitted: "Here is Odette arriving on the day when the Master was sold to redeem her little soul"... it was Spy Wednesday.
On this day in 1888, young Thérèse Martin entered the Carmel of Lisieux. Her sister Marie wrote that day to their father, St. Louis Martin: "O best of fathers, how accountable we would be if we didn’t become saints, and if we didn’t follow in the footsteps of your generosity… "
"To have had virtuous and God-fearing parents along with the graces the Lord granted me should have been enough for me to have led a good life, if I had not been so wretched." Today we celebrate the birth of St. Teresa of Jesus, born 28 March 1515 in Avila.
I see that God does grant the prayers of His Carmelites since baby and mama are doing so well... I’m sure Saint Joseph will finish his work and you’ll be able to nurse your little darling.
St. Zélie Martin, pregnant with Céline, is tortured with fear that she will lose the pregnancy or the child will die in infancy like her last two babies: "you can't imagine how frightened I am of the future... The best thing to do is to put everything in the hands of God..."
Do not be very stiff or very lenient towards your children. Too much affection will make them proud. Excessive stiffness, anger, and punishment will make them desperate, dejected, and even unashamed.
A picture of Jesus crucified slipped from her missal. No one was collecting the blood he had shed. Thérèse decided that she would henceforth remain, in spirit, at the foot of that cross to collect that blood for sinners.
St. Zélie Martin confides in her sister-in-law that she is worried about Léonie's future. "If it only took the sacrifice of my life for her to become a saint, I would give it willingly."
In regard to his parents, Christ was completely submissive and never evaded their authority. When necessary, he explains to his parents in confidential conversations and gentle words, just who he is and just what lies ahead according to the ancient prophecies.
I was delighted to hear that today all three of you are in the little House of the Blessed Virgin [At Loreto, on 12th–13th November 1887]… One must no longer feel outside one’s Homeland there. It’s the Homeland in exile.
How good of Him to have made this flower of Paradise bloom in our home! But our dear parents were worthy of possessing her.