Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Martin Saints

It has been announced that the parents of St Therese of Lisieux, Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin are to be canonised in October during the Synod on the Family. This is great news. A miracle is being examined and it seems it has cleared all the major hurdles, so it will probably be formally approved before the ceremony. 

News reports are saying that they will be the first married couple to be canonised together - I cannot be so sure of that since we have large groups of martyrs already canonised, foremost among them the Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese, and without examining them first I cannot say the Martins are the first. In those persecutions a married couple who had been martyred together may have been canonised. The Martins will be the first married couple whose Cause came under the Heroic Virtue catagory to be canonised together. 

Anyway, this is wonderful. In Carmel we will have two canonisations to celebrate this year, our sister Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified will be canonised in May. What a wonderful double for this Teresian year. Let us ask the future Ss Louis and Zelie to pray for us all, for married couples and families, and for the Synod.


  1. That is great news, Fr John! I hadn't heard it anywhere else. My family has a great devotion to Louis and Zelie and I call on them frequently to keep my children safe!

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