and Zelie Martin
Feast Day July 12th
When Louis Martin and his bride Zelie
were married, they promised that they would serve God first
together. They knew that putting God first in their lives would
help them to always live with love.
Louis was a watchmaker. Zelie made
beautiful lace to help support their growing family. They taught
their children to know, love and serve God. The Catholic Church
was an important part of their family life. They had five beautiful
Like all married couples, they sometimes
faced disappointments and sadness. They turned to God in difficult
times and grew more deeply in love as they shared their sorrows
and joys with one another.
When Thérèse, the Martins
youngest daughter, was only four years old, Zelie became very ill
and died. The family was brokenhearted, but they remembered that
Zelie prayed with them to help them understand that her illness
and death was part of Gods plan.
Louis lovingly raised his daughters.
He generously gave his permission as each one asked to join the
convent. He saw this as a sign that God was pleased that he and
Zelie had shared their faith and love with their children.
Zelie and Louis Martins lives
show us that when we live with love, we grow in holiness. The Martins
are such a wonderful example of holiness that Pope Benedict has
named them Blessed. We celebrate their feast day on
July 12th and pray that they will soon be declared saints, like
their youngest daughter St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who
we call the Little Flower.