Sunday, October 18, 2015

Louis and Zelie: solid Eucharistic piety

“Remain in Him now, little ones, so that, when He reveals Himself,
we may be fully confident and not retreat in shame at His coming.
If you consider the holiness that is His, you can be sure that everyone who
acts in holiness has been begotten by Him.” -1 Jn. 3:28-29

"Holiness is a disposition of the heart that makes us humble and little
in the arms of God, aware of our weakness, and confident -- in the most
audacious way -- in His Fatherly goodness."- St. Thérèse of Lisieux

PHOTO: Fresco painted by St. Therese around the tabernacle of the Carmel in Lisieux

Today: the Canonization of the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux:
Louis (1823-1894) and Zelie (1831-1877) Martin

Under the loving example of her parents, little Therese was brought close to the altar and Heart of God in our midst. 
“The Martin spouses maintained a solid Eucharistic piety.  Every morning, they rose at 5 o’clock to attend early Mass.  As a member of the Blessed Sacrament Society, Monsieur Martin took part in monthly nocturnal adorations during the night of Thursday to the first Friday of the month.” 
Although Zelie died when Therese was only four years old, the Little Saint was richly blessed by her mother’s love for Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.  Even when Zelie was too sick and weak to open the door of the Church, she would go to Mass, waiting outside of the doors to be close to Jesus come down from Heaven.
The Little Flower also visited Jesus, and spent time before His Real Presence each day, throughout her life.  Of her childhood Therese writes “Every afternoon I went for a little walk with papa.  Together we would visit the Blessed Sacrament, each day visiting a new church.”
Excerpts: Therese and Lisieux, Pierre Descouvemont and Helmuth Nils Loose

In his homily today, Pope Francis said:   "The holy spouses Louis Martin 
and Marie-Zelie Guerin practiced Christian service in the family, creating day by day 
an environment of faith and love which nurtured the vocations of their daughters, 
among whom was Saint Therese of the Child Jesus.
The radiant witness of these new saints inspires us to persevere in joyful service 
to our brothers and sisters, trusting in the help of God and the 
 maternal protection of Mary. From heaven may they now watch over us 
and sustain us by their powerful intercession."

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Sts Louis and Zelie, pray for us!

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