Our frequent interlocutrix and commentatrix here, “Supertradmum”, has a nice reminder on her own blog, Etheldredasplace, about two of our family of Blesseds whom you may not be aware of or know to acknowledge today, their feast.
Sometimes those blesseds and saints who have been beatified or canonized more recently evade our attention because they are not in all our books and calendars yet.
Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin
Today in the Novus Order is the feast day of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, St. Therese’s great and humble parents. They are among the patrons of this blog. [Her blog, of course.] July 13th was the day of their marriage. So, this would have been a preparation day. They were married at midnight in the local church without hardly anyone there, just the witnesses and a few. How wonderful! How private and how sacred! Brides and grooms could take a lesson from this humble couple.
May God raise up other men and women who are married to create saints among us. May the intercession of Louis and Zelie lead us into our vocations and help us to trust in God at all times.
May Zelie comfort those women who have had or have breast cancer, and may she allow those who do not to refrain from judging those who do.
I like the fact that our friend Supertradmum pointed out the connection with breast cancer, which is what carried off Marie-Azélie.
One of the more interesting choices John Paul II made during his long pontificate was the Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi. Pope Benedict continued with Marie-Azélie Guérin and Louis Martin. These beatifications underscore the vocation of married couples and the fact that spouses can and must seek holiness together.
Marriage is a vocation that aims at bringing children into the world and helping each other to love God and seek heaven.
My friend Fr. Stephen Reynolds at St. Theresa’s in Sugar Land, TX had a beautiful bronze made of the couple for a shrine.