Quote of the day, 16 September: St. Louis Martin

In 1885 St. Louis Martin accompanied a priest on a pilgrimage to Constantinople, Athens, and Rome. While in Constantinople he wrote a newsy letter on this date to his daughter Marie, praising her for doing an excellent job of managing the household. He also described in some detail the sights that he had seen.

Quote of the day, 12 July: Timothy Tierney, OCD

"Our age is not radically different from nineteenth-century France. The Martins would have been aware of the anti-Christian and anti-marriage ideas current in the France of their day. In the intervening 150 years, such attitudes have only hardened... In canonizing Zélie and Louis Martin the Church places before us the ideal of strong Christian family life."

12 July: Saints Louis Martin and Marie Azelie Guerin

Louis Martin was born in Bordeaux, on August 22, 1823. While he was master-watchmaker in Alençon, he met Marie Azelie (Zelie) Guerin, a lace maker, born in Gandelain (St-Denis-sur-Sarthon), on December 23, 1831. They were married on July 13, 1858,and had nine children, including the future Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus. Model spouses, devoted parents, workers, attentive to the poor, always nourishing a missionary spirit, they found their strength and hope in regular attendance at Holy Mass and in a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

Quote of the day, 23 May: St. Zélie Martin

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."

Quote of the day, 11 February: Saint Zélie Martin

Saint Zélie Martin learns that her breast cancer has reached such an advanced stage that it is inoperable. She writes to her husband, "I'll go to Lourdes on the first pilgrimage, and I hope the Blessed Mother will cure me, if it's necessary. In the meantime let's stop worrying."

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