I reached Lisieux at 6 pm Thursday to join some other American friends of thereseoflisieux.org. Writing briefly from a borrowed French keyboard
Last night a special nocturnal visit to the marvelous exhibit of the Martin family belongings at St Jacques Church, where they often went to weekday Mass. "Louis and Zelie Martin" and "Isidore and Celine Guerin" were there in costume to welcome us and we saw furniture; portraits; toys; a small traveling bag of Louis that Therese used on the pilgrimage to Rome; and much of their two homes recreated The exhibit is breathtaking, and if you can get over to see it before it closes (November 1, I believe), it alone is worth the trip. I will post photosafter we return home.
This morning we drove to Honfleur to visit the chapel of Notre Dame de Grace where the two Gosselin sisters went in 1837 with Father Nicholas Sauvage to pray that they might be accepted as Carmelites and found the Carmel of Lisieux. Fifty years later, in July 1887, Therese Martin prayed in the same chapel that she might be admiited to the Carmel they founded. It is a place of grace. This afternoon we returned to the exhibit to photograph it for you: I pray that all the friends of thereseoflisieux:org will share abundantly in the graces of our pilgrimage. I will report again when I can. Please pray for us.
Saints 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.