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the Parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Back door to the Guerin house
The back entrance of Isidore Guerin's house on Rue Paul-Banaston, leading to the garden where Louis Martin often spent his afternoons in 1892-1894. Today this house is a "parish house" and used for parish activities, including the religious education of children.
Rear entrance to Guerin house
The back door to Isidore Guerin's house on Rue Paul-Banaston in Lisieux. Isidore Guerin bought this house on April 20, 1889; the street was then called Rue Chaussee. The Guerin family moved here sometime in 1889, perhaps on their return from their summer vacation at the chateau La Musse. Leonie and Celine lived with the Guerins from then until Louis returned to Lisieux in May 1892.
The back garden of the Guerin house
A few weeks after Louis returned, in July 1892, Louis and his daughters moved into a rented house on Rue Labbey, directly across from Isidore's garden. Louis lived on the ground floor, and often he was wheeled across the alley to the Guerin garden, where he spent many afternoons.
7 rue Labbey
At a door to Rue Labbey. This door did not exist in Louis Martin's time. This house was given up after Louis's death. Between her attempts at religious life, Leonie lived with the Guerin family until she definitively entered the Vistation Monastery at Caen in January 1899.
front door of 7 Rue Labbey
This door dates back to Louis Martin's time. Directly across from the door are the gates leading to the garden of the Guerin house.
Louis Martin in his wheelchair in the garden of Rue Labbey
From left, Celine; the Le Juifs, a married couple who worked for the Martins; and Leonie surround Louis in his wheelchair in the garden of 7 rue Labbey.
Window where Louis Martin was photographed, 7 Rue Labbey
With Mme. Anne-Marie Hervieu, gracious hostess. This is the window before which Louis Martin was photographed in his wheelchair. Today the window is right up against that wall because part of the garden of his time now belongs to the next-door property.
Mme. Anne-Marie Hervieu
The lovely and gracious Mme. Anne-Marie Hervieu, left, in the garden at 7 Rue Labbey. She and her husband, M. Jacques Hervieu, received us with such genuine kindness that I understood the grace of Louis Martin's spirit infused those who live where he once lived.
at the window in the garden of 7 Rue Labbey
The upper garden of 7 Rue Labbey
From the front 7 Rue Labbey seems to be what we would call a "row house," but its back door opens onto a lovely, long garden running far down to a stream. M. and Mme. Hervieu maintain the garden beautifully. They told me that the trees date back to Louis Martin's time.
The lower garden, 7 Rue Labbey
At the foot of this long, narrow garden a stream runs. M. Hervieu told me that although Louis Martin, paralyzed, could no longer fish, he loved to sit near the stream to hear it flowing.
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.