Léonie Martin died early in the morning on 17 June 1941. We share the last two letters exchanged between Léonie and her sisters Pauline and Céline.
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...
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!"
Life is so short! What happiness it is to think of that, to tell ourselves that tomorrow we shall be in Heaven, near Jesus Who loved us enough to die for us, near Mary who loved us...
We remember and celebrate the anniversary of the day Pauline Martin was clothed in the Discalced Carmelite habit, Friday 6 April 1883 in the Carmel of Lisieux
If we beg the grace to be profoundly humble [...] then everything in our souls will become pleasing to the Lord.
Pauline Martin explains that Thérèse "could have legitimately taken the Habit... before the end of October, but she in fact didn’t take the Habit until 10th January 1889."
We recall the birth of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and share excerpts from the testimony of Pauline Martin concerning the Saint's birth on 2 January 1873
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.
The day of my Habit Reception, 6th April 1883, my poor little Thérèse, who was very sick at that time, came to embrace me before the ceremony
She positively believed that the good Lord couldn't do anything to her if she was in her mother's arms