Day two of the novena to Saint Therese and Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin
prepared for Sainte-Therese Parish in Metz, France. Used with the permission of Fr. Jean-Claude Lange and translated by Mary Davidson for "Saint Therese of Lisieux: A Gateway." I thank them both warmly and ask you to pray for both these persons and for Sainte-Therese Parish.
Fruits of the Spirit
"The Lord gave me parents more worthy of Heaven than of Earth." (St. Therese of the Child Jesus).
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
"O consuming Fire, Spirit ofLove, come upon me and create in my soul a kind of incarnation of theWord: that I may be another humanity for Him in which He can renew Hiswhole Mystery. And You, O Father, bend lovingly over Your poor littlecreature; cover her with Your shadow, seeing in her only the 'Beloved inwhom You are well pleased.'" --Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
The king rejoices in your strength, O Lord.
How great is his joy in the victories you give!
2 You have granted him his heart’s desire
and have not withheld the request of his lips.
3 You came to greet him with rich blessings
and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
length of days, for ever and ever.
5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
6 Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
The "Yes" given in the breath of the Spirit is a commitment to thepath of trust and abandonment, so dear to St. Teresa: "Lord Thy will bedone, not mine." Indeed, if we listen to the Spirit, it will be easierto discern the call to holiness amid the noise of the world. Thisparticular path can be daunting, or like an arid desert, unless onelives in the sacraments, the Eucharist. Each time we choose this path, we hear the echoes of Hosea's voice so close to us today: "I willespouse you to me forever, in right and in justice, in love and inmercy. I will espouse you to me in faithfulness: and you shall know theLord "(Hosea 2: 21-22). Hope is a forceful dynamic, for those whorecognize God's life in themselves: "The Spirit overshadows you; youwelcome into yourself the dew of heaven. Already the time has come. Inthe distance is the harvest of those who cross the Jordan, the land ofIsrael "(Chronicles). Louis and Zelie Martin knew the voice of theSpirit and they recognized the scents of the dawn. They always desiredto consecrate their union in memory of Tobias and Sarah: "Tobias risesfrom bed and said to Sarah: arise my love. We must pray and ask our Lordfor His grace and protection. She stood up and they began to pray forGod’s deliverance.” (Tobias 8). That is why it is important that thecomposition of our families here on earth reflects the image of theFather of mankind, the family of Nazareth, and the holy family. We areall called to be architects of hope and love: “As a young man marries avirgin, your Builder will marry you, and as a bridegroom rejoices in hisbride, so shall your God rejoice in you" (Isaiah 62:5). Through thissweet relationship with our Father, St. Therese reassures us about ourcalling as parents. As the Blessed Virgin Mary said: "You will not letfamilies be destroyed." Louis and Zelie Martin teach how to say "Yes" sothat we also may build. Through the "Yes" that we give, may we becomelike prodigal children. May we give life so that life may be given tous.
Louis and Zelie Martin, in the essence of your love you confirmedyour desire for the conception of each of your children. Help us toobtain the grace of peace in our lives given to the Father. May weconsecrate all our actions to Him and give Him all of our love.
Our Father, . . . Hail Mary, . . .
Prayer to Saints Louis and Zelie Martin
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin,
after having had the desire for religious life,
you heard the Lord's call to the vocation of marriage.
You are the "parents without equal"
of whom your daughter Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus speaks;
the fortunate parents of Léonie,
the Servant of God, Sister Françoise-Thérèse;
of Marie, Pauline, and Céline,
transplanted to Mount Carmel;
and of the four children
taken from your affection in their youth:
Hélène, Joseph, Jean-Baptiste, and Mélanie-Thérèse.
You gave all glory to God
through your humble and patient work,
your commitment to the poor,
and your family life,
where reigned the happiness
of loving and being loved.
You lived your daily life concretely
through the joys and sorrows of your existence.
You love us as your own children,
with the heart of a father and the heart of a mother,
because you are the friends of God.
Listen to our prayer and our request
(state the request . . . )
and intercede for us with God the Father,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
in the grace of the Holy Spirit.
This prayer is courtesy of the Shrine of Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin in Alencon.
This prayer is courtesy of the Shrine of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin at Alencon.
The prayer that was recited before the canonization:
"God Our Father,
I thank you for Louis and Zelie Martin,
a couple united in faith, giving the witness of an exemplary Christian life
through the exercise of the duty of their state in life
and the practice of the evangelical virtues.
In the education of a large family,
through trials, mourning, and suffering,
they generously expressed their trust in You
and their submission to Your will.
Deign to grant, O Lord, the graces that I seek,
in the hope that the father and mother of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
will one day be proposed as models for today's families for the entire Church. Amen.”
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