The Vatican Information Service announced today that a calendar of liturgical celebrations at which the Pope will preside. published by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations, includes a consistory (a formal meeting of the College of Cardinals called by the Pope) on Saturday, June 27. 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Consistory Hall "for various causes for canonization.".
On March 4, 2015, in a story about the possible canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie, the Catholic News Service reported that an unnamed Vatican official had said that the consistory at which Pope Francis would consult with the cardinals and announce the decision about the canonization of Louis and Zelie would probably take place in June. Let's continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the Church in the matter of God's designs for Louis and Zelie Martin. Will we learn the answer to those prayers on June 27?
FATHER ANTONIO SANGALLI, THE CARMELITE FRIAR WHO IS VICE-POSTULATOR OF THE CAUSE FOR CANONIZATION OF BLESSED LOUIS AND ZELIE MARTIN, IN VALENCIA, 2013. PHTO CREDIT: ELPERIODICO.
Breaking news: the first interview in English by the vice-postulator, Fr. Antonio Sangalli, on the significance of the approval of the miracle attributed to Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin and the meaning of their lives and canonization. In an interview with Zenit, Fr. Sangalli said, among other things:
"They give witness that the conjugal and marital experience is not an obstacle to holiness, but rather that two spouses who love each other can become saints. . . .
[The canonization] testifies that holiness permeates all stages of life and that there are no difficulties that cannot be overcome. . . .
"This is the example they transmit today: the Martin family – who today the Church sanctifies – have faced all under God's gaze, placing Jesus Christ in the first place of every situation, both of joy and anguish, always certain of this great embrace of the Lord and that with His help they would be able to do anything, and overcome any difficulty."
Shrines at Alencon and Lisieux issue a joint communique with previously unpublished details about the healing of little Carmen
translated by Maureen O'Riordan, with thanks to the Shrine at Alencon for its kind permission.
Little Carmen, whose healing was approved as the miracle for the canonization of blessed louis and zelie martin, with her parents and mgr jacques habert, bishop of the diocese of seez in northern france,where louis and zelie spent their married life. valencia, spain, may 2013.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE VATICAN
'On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, during a private audience with Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of the decree recognizing the miracle of the healing of little Carmen (see below), attributed to the intercession of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin.
In the process towards canonization, this recognition is a new stage, which, after the favorable opinion of the doctors, theologians, bishops, and cardinals concerned, should lead the Holy Father himself to announce, at an upcoming public Consistory, the decision to canonize Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin and the date of the Canonization.
THE MIRACLE AT VALENCIA
Louis and Zélie Martin were beatified in Lisieux on October 19, 2008.
Carmen was born on October 15, 2008, after 28 weeks of a very difficult pregnancy. "Prepare for the worst,” the midwife said when the baby was born. Complications that are common in very premature babies multiplied: among other things, respiratory distress, double sepsis, and a cerebral hemorrhage of the most serious kind. Since Carmen was born on the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, who was a Carmelite nun, Carmen’s father went to a Carmelite monastery outside Valencia. The nuns took this intention to heart. Carmen’s parents came to Mass at the monastery every Sunday and then left quickly for the hospital.
Late in November, the case seemed hopeless. For the first time the mother was allowed to touch her baby; the incubator was left open. The family began to think of the funeral. On November 23, the Prioress of the Carmelite monastery gave Carmen’s parents a card containing a prayer to Louis and Zélie in Spanish. Carmen’s mother and father had never heard of Louis and Zelie or of their famous daughter, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face.
Providentially, the next day, Carmen was transferred to a new hospital. Contrary to all expectation, Carmen sustained the transfer well, and her infection was suddenly under control. She began to recover, to the point of being able to leave the hospital on January 2, 2009.
One problem remained a serious concern: the cerebral hemorrhage expanded her skull and caused pain. A medical review was scheduled for February 19th. The doctors would probably operate. A new “offensive” of prayer to the Martin spouses was begun. Providentially, the reliquary of Blessed Louis and Zèlie Martin arrived at the Shrine of Llerida (also called Lleida) in January. Carmen’s father, her big brother Ishmael (born in 2004), and her grandparents came to the Shrine at Llerida to thank Blessed Louis and Zèlie Martin and to seek their intercession. At their monastery, the Carmelites join their prayer. Some days later, an ultrasound reveals that the cerebral hemorrhage has disappeared and scars are no longer visible. Even more surprising (to date the doctors cannot explain it) is the total absence of any neurological or motor difficulties.
This healing is the miracle for which the Pope authorized the decree of recognition this morning."
-from The Shrine of Lisieux and the Shrine of Alençon
The traveling reliquary of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin in Rome
On March 5 the Catholic News Servicepublished details about the timeline for the events leading up to the canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin. In "Pope plans to canonize St. Therese's parents during family synod," Cindy Wooden reports that Cardinal Amato's announcement that Louis and Zelie will be canonized in October was made on February 27 at a conference in Rome on the role of saints in the life of the Church. She adds:
Following normal Vatican procedures, before their canonization the pope would have to recognize a miracle that occurred after prayers for the couple's intercession before God. The decree is expected to be signed before Easter.
The next step would be for the pope to consult with the church's cardinals and hold a consistory with cardinals present in Rome to announce the decision to proceed with the ceremony during the world Synod of Bishops on the family Oct. 4-25. A Vatican official said that meeting probably would take place in June.
Thanks to the Catholic News Service for this marvelous news. We should be able to celebrate the feast of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin on July 12 with special joy this year.
Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin, the Parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
The lives of the parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux; their spirituality and the life of their family, their beatification in 2008; what we can learn from them today.