Fr. Antonio Sangalli, the vice-postulator for Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, interviewed recently in Rome while at the exhibit “Therese of Lisieux: Burning With Love,” says that Louis and Zelie lived simply, but were generous to the poor; that, in theface of many tragedies, they continued to trust in God; and that they specialize in helping persons find a boyfriend or a girlfriend; helping couples have children; and helping spouses love each other more every day.
If you read French, subscribe to a new online retreat to prepare for Christmas with Saints Louis and Zelie Martin. It is the work of the Carmelite friars of Paris and includes reflections on the Sunday readings, meditations from the life of Louis and Zelie, suggested practices, and an Advent calendar for daily prayer. See more information and register at the site of the Carmelite friars of Paris. The friars have prepared online retreats for Lent and Advent for the past four years, and more than 10,000 persons have participated.
Attacks in Paris - Call to Prayer - Pray For Paris
translated from the Facebook page "Louis et Zelie Martin d'Alencon" with thanks
[Note that, although St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Joan of Arc are secondary co-patrons of France, the principal patron of France is the Blessed Virgin].
"Lord, we come to You in prayer and we entrust to You our brothers and sisters, victims of hatred, and their families. We pray to You today through the intercession of the Queen of Peace, our Mother, for France. Protect her! Bless her! Inspire our leaders!
Lord, give us always especially to have trust in You, particularly in difficult situations, and never to doubt that you are the God of Love, our Father, who loves us and wants only our happiness!
Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus! Amen !"
Saint Zelie: "The best thing to do is to put everything into the hands of God and to wait for events in peace and surrender to His will. That's what I will try to do.". (CF 45)
Saints Louis and Zelie, pray for us, for our families and for France!
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!"
With the family of Pietro Schiliro, the young man whose healing of a respiratory disorder in 2002 was accepted as the miracle for the beatification of Louis; and Zelie Martin, after their canonization. St. Peter's Square, Rome, October 18, 2015. From left, Adele Schiliro, Pietro's mother; Pietro; Valter Schiliro, Pietro's father.
Thanks to the kindness of don Riccardo Brena and the parish of Marcallo in the Archdiocese of Milan, you can order reproductions of their icon of the Martin family through Trinity Stores Religious Artwork and Icons in Colorado.
This icon by Paolo Orlando, shows Louis and Zelie Martin with their five adult daughters dressed as nuns. From left, Marie and Pauline as Carmelite nuns; Leonie, whose cause was introduced in July 2015, as a Visitation nun; Celine and Therese as Carmelites. Near the parents are the four little ones who died very young: Marie Helene, Marie-Joseph-Jean-Baptiste, Marie-Melanie-Therese, and Marie-Joseph-Louis.
The icon is available in many sizes and formats: holy cards and prayer cards, magnets, framed desk art and wall art, giclee prints, and wooden plaques. You may also order the icon on devotional candles, T-shirts, and sweatshirts. Some of the available sizes are quite big enough to be installed in churches and monasteries; you may also order custom reproductions.
- Please click on the image of the icon of the Martin family above or click on "Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin with St. Therese of Lisieux and Siblings."
- At upper left, you will see a box that says "search for art." Type in the name "Orlando" and press the search button.
- The icon will appear. Choose among sizes and formats.
Louis and Zelie and their children gathered every night to pray before the statue of the Virgin of the Smile. I hope this icon of the Martin family will become a center of prayer in many homes, churches, and monasteries; will make the new saints known and loved; and will be a window to the holy. Consider ordering it to celebrate the canonization; for a wedding or anniversary gift; or for a Christmas present.
I hope that many churches dedicated to St. Therese will install this icon to honor Louis and Zelie and to remind the people that Therese did not fall out of heaven as a completed saint, but was brought up in a holy family. Please pray that God attracts many souls through this sacred art. Thank you.