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The Saints That Marriage Needs Today! [Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin]
CatholicExchange.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Phil Kosloski

Posted on 07/17/2013 9:38:56 PM PDT by Salvation

The Saints That Marriage Needs Today!

by Phil Kosloski on July 17, 2013

On May 21st the tribunal in Valencia completed a pivotal stage in the process of canonization for Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin. This couple, the parents of the “greatest Saint of modern times” Therese of Lisieux, needs one more miracle to confirm their union with their daughter in the company of canonized Saints. That miracle appears to have already taken place. A baby girl, doomed to die on account of numerous maladies, was miraculously healed through their intercession in 2008 in Valencia.

Inspired and assisted by local Carmelite nuns, the parents of little baby Carmen started a novena to the parents of the Little Flower while preparing for the worst. Miraculously the child turned for the better and was completely cured of the multiple ailments that threatened her life.

Currently, the tribunal of the Diocese of Valencia has determined that the miracle is serious enough to send to Rome for final judgement. If accepted as an authentic miracle by the Vatican (after further investigation by doctors, theologians and others), it will be possible for Louis and Zelie to be officially raised to the altars for public veneration of the faithful.

Light in the Darkness

Their example of sanctity could not have come at a better time. We are immersed in an age where marriage is fiercely under attack and is threatened on every side. Presently it is not so much the acceptance of divorce that is assaulting the wonderful mystery of matrimony as is the normalization of cohabitation. Simply put, couples are not getting married in the first place. Instead they are deciding to live in a quasi-married state that is “free” of a formal commitment. This is why the divorce rate has actually gone down in recent years. Fewer people are professing public vows to one another and so fewer people are breaking those vows.

Why has this happened? It appears that one of the causes of cohabitation is a general distrust of marriage itself. Numerous young people have been negatively affected by the divorce of their own parents, thus making them hesitant to commit to an institution that has fallen apart before their eyes.

This is why the example of Louis and Zelie Martin is so important in our world. We need examples of sanctity to show us that it is possible to experience true and lasting joy amidst the struggles of marriage and family life. Unfortunately, even in our Catholic culture there are very few shinning examples of marital sanctity.

Elevating the Mundane

Too often in our Catholic history did we focus almost entirely on the holiness of consecrated men and women. It was and still is the desire of devout Catholic parents that their children would become priests or nuns. As a result, married life can be looked down upon as something “necessary” but not “ideal.” Even Louis and Zelie desired to live out this vocation of complete dedication to our Lord, yet both were sent away from the convent and monastery.

Consequently, their “failed” vocations turned out to be one of the greatest moments in history. Instead of being called to a life of holiness behind the walls of a monastery, they were called to be “in the world, but not of the world.” They were called, as Lumen Gentium would say, to “follow their own proper path (to holiness)” and to “offer all men the example of unwearying and generous love.” It was in the “sanctification of the ordinary” that Louis and Zelie were to participate.

Thus, by their faithful adherence to Christ in following His mysterious plan Louis and Zelie Martin would become the parents of nine children; five being called to consecrated life and four being called home to God in their first years of life. Among them would be the “greatest Saint of modern times” and it is possible that many of their children will be raised to the altars for veneration (for example, Leonie’s cause for canonization is in its initial stages).

Intercessors for All Married Couples

Yet, this does not mean that they lived an otherworldly life that we cannot imitate. In fact, they had many struggles that they had to pass through to attain sanctity.

Among them were the deaths of four of their children. A person could easily lose his or her faith through such trials, but Louis and Zelie were able to persevere and keep their eyes on Heaven.

Not only did they have to witness child after child die in their arms, Zelie in particular experienced much stress in trying to raise Leonie, the “problem child.” The situation proved to be such a great cross that Zelie would write, “Well, I have no longer any hope of changing her nature save by a miracle.” The fact that Leonie’s cause for canonization has begun shows that even amidst the trials of disciplining an obstinate child, Louis and Zelie succeeded in training a household of saints.

As a result, Louis and Zelie Martin are great intercessors and examples for all families. Whether a couple struggles with raising a difficult child, mourns the loss of their own children, desires to raise their children to be Christ-like, or wants to know how to be a good spouse, the parents of the Little Flower are powerful heavenly companions.

In the end, it is important to recognize that we do need many more holy priests and consecrated religious. However, the most sure way to secure and foster vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life is through holy families. Consequently, if we want to change the world we must start first with the family.

Blessed Louis & Zelie Martin, pray for us!

For more information on the cause for canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, please visit: http://www.thereseoflisieux.org/

Their feast day is celebrated on July 13th.

 



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: canonization; catholic; saints

Parents of Therese of Lisieux!

1 posted on 07/17/2013 9:38:56 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Future Saints Ping!


2 posted on 07/17/2013 9:41:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Beacons of Light: Louis and Zelie Martin (Therese of Lisieux's mom and dad to be canonized)
The Saints That Marriage Needs Today! [Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin]

3 posted on 07/17/2013 9:45:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

My wife is a saint. She’s stuck by me for 35+ years, including the 15 I’ve been glued to FreeRepublic.


4 posted on 07/17/2013 11:21:50 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Salvation
Unfortunately, even in our Catholic culture there are very few shining examples of marital sanctity.

I disagree. You just have to pay attention. I attended a funeral recently for a woman who had been married over 70 years. My boss, the Spanish battleaxe, toughed it out over 50 with a very difficult man; our old pastor told her, "You've been each other's Purgatory!" My parents (who aren't Catholic) have been married over 50 years, and Mom is giving all she's got to the bitter end as Dad declines with Alzheimer's.

We're surrounded by examples of sanctity. Maybe we don't see them as clearly as we might, because most of the struggle is hidden. We suffer more than we should because we think we are the only ones on the edge of disaster all the time. I think, when the masks drop, that edge-of-disaster is more the general case than the exception.

5 posted on 07/18/2013 3:06:09 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No pun intended, no punishment ... If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: Salvation
Such a beautiful image/post. Thank you!

When I first met my husband, he mentioned the only thing he truly wanted to accomplish in life was to become a saint. He spoke, wrote about, and lived the Catholic faith better than anyone I had ever known. We went on to marry, have four children, and one day I asked him, "Do you still want to be a saint?"

He said, "Oh, I gave up on that long ago. We've got kids!" :)
6 posted on 07/18/2013 4:11:25 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Salvation

How wonderful.

I take exception, though, with the author’s assertion regarding the prevalence of shacking up:

It appears that one of the causes of cohabitation is a general distrust of marriage itself. Numerous young people have been negatively affected by the divorce of their own parents, thus making them hesitant to commit to an institution that has fallen apart before their eyes.

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The number one cause, IMO, is that so many women have allowed themselves to be brainwashed into thinking that throwing away their modesty and their virginity is no big thing.

I continue to be astounded by the rapidity with which this cultural shift occurred.


7 posted on 07/18/2013 5:49:18 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: mlizzy

LOL!

But remember that your grandchildren are your reward for not drowning your teenagers!

God bless!

Bet your hubby enjoys that little quote from my deceased hubby.


8 posted on 07/18/2013 4:23:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

LOL ... That’s pretty good, Salvation. :)


9 posted on 07/19/2013 3:29:39 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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