Monday, 14 July 2008

Beatification of Louis and Zélie Martin

It has been recently announced that the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Louis and Zélie Martin will be beatified at Alençon on Sunday 19 October. The full story can be found here at Zenit. Yesterday, Sunday 13th July, happened to be the 150th anniversary of their wedding.

Apparently when the couple met it was love at first sight on a bridge, and they were married 3 months later. Yet Zélie cried on her wedding day, for her original wish to be a nun had finally been put paid to! For the first few months of their marriage the couple lived in celibacy: it was unconsummated until Zélie's confessor persuaded her that marriage was a true vocation from God. From then on it was a very happy and fond union and they had many children, the youngest of course being St. Thérèse herself.

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