Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Parents of Little Flower Beatified

This may be unknown to many but I am sharing here the news article about the recent beatification of the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as the Little Flower.

Parents of St Therese of Lisieux beatified
Monday, 20 October 2008 15:46



The cardinal who celebrated the beatification Mass of the parents of St Therese of Lisieux urged those present to thank God for their own parents.

"I have thought about my own father and mother, and I would like you also to think at this moment of your father and mother, so we will thank God together for having created us and made us Christians through the married love of our parents," said Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, former prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes.

"Receiving life is a wonderful thing. But it is still more admirable for us that our parents should have led us to the Church, which alone is capable of forming Christians. No one can become a Christian by himself," the cardinal said at the October 19 beatification Mass for Louis and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin in St Therese Basilica.

Among the approximately 15,000 people attending the Mass was a six-year-old Italian, Pietro Schillero.

When he was 13 months old, his parents prayed for the intercession of the Martins to cure his fatal lung condition; in 2003, the Church recognised the cure as miraculous.

In a message read at the beatification Mass, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Martins had "proclaimed the Gospel" through their exemplary lives, passing on their "ardent faith" to their children. The Pope said he hoped their example would be "a source of joy and hope for all parents and all families".

Cardinal Saraiva Martins said St Therese, who died of hemoptysis, or bleeding of the lungs, at age 24, had described her parents as "more worthy of heaven than earth".

The "secret of success" of the Martins' Christian life, the cardinal said, had been their readiness to "walk humbly with God in seeking the advice of the Lord," while also "placing all aspects of their lives in harmony with Church teachings."

He added that the Martins were a "gift to parents," widows and widowers, and those facing illness and death.

"Louis and Zelie are a gift for spouses of all ages, through the esteem, respect and harmony with which they loved for 19 years," the cardinal said. "They lived the promises of marriage, the faithfulness of engagement, the indissolubility of the bond, the fruitfulness of love, in happiness and in trials, in health and in
sickness."

Marie Zelie Guerin married Louis Martin, a watchmaker and jeweler, in 1858. She died of cancer in 1877, at the age of 46, after giving birth to nine children.


Four of the Martins' children died in infancy. The five who survived all entered religious life.

This piece of news interests me a lot because I just love their story as a family. Their life story is definitely a must read for parents and for those who are planning to get married and raise a family in the grace of God.

5 insights:

Pat said...

this bit of news was announced during last sunday's mass. i've always prayed to st. therese and in fact, tina's also named after her :D

Vina said...

it's great news right? i also pray to st. therese and she has been giving me white roses as a sign to my requests. :-)

have you read "a story of a family"? it's a great read esp for catholic parents. :-)

and pat, you're also named after st therese di ba? i'm now fancying nga the name marie zelie for my future baby girl (IF God gives us another one). i think it's cute!

Pat said...

yup, i'm named after st. therese too, my mom kse is teresa. pero after st. teresa of avila naman. i have a relic of st. therese and when i was preggy with tina, i would rub the relic sa tummy ko. hhehe

Vina said...

oh pat, i also love sta teresa de avila. i've been to the town of avila and i was very moved. plus i love her nada de turbe prayer / poem. :-) do you know it?

Pat said...

pathetic, but i don't know that prayer. to think, i went to STC. shame, shame! can you share it with me? thanks! how's avila? my mom and I passed by avila and we would have wanted to see it. btw, my grandmother's maiden name is avila. so my mom was often told she's teresa of avila. haha

 
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