Photo of Zelie Martin



An undated and unretouched photo of Zelie Martin, taken about 1875.  Recently discovered through the kindness of Mme. F. Besnier, a member of the photographer's family.  This photograph appeared first in the French edition of Correspondance familiale, the letters of Zelie and Louis (Paris: Editions du Cerf, 2004).  It was also published in Therese of Lisieux: God's Gentle Warrior by Thomas R. Nevin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).  It appears here by the kindness of the Archives of the Carmel of Lisieux and Father Antonio Sangalli, O.C.D., the vice-postulator for the cause of Louis and Zelie Martin.  In all likelihood we see Zelie's face here as Therese saw it.