12 July: Sts. Louis Martin and Marie-Azélie Guérin

Today is the feast of two saints married to each other and the parents of another.

Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin have their feast in the Novus Order calendar.  They are the parents of St. Therese, the Little Flower.  July 13th was the day of their marriage. So, today would have been a preparation day. They were married at midnight with just a few witnesses.

Brides and grooms could take a lesson from this humble couple.  Maybe the dresses and photos aren’t the most important thing?

Marie-Azélie, Zelie, died from breast cancer.  Perhaps she might be invoked.

One of the more interesting choices John Paul II made during his long pontificate was the canonization of the married couple Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi.  Pope Benedict did this with Marie-Azélie Guérin and Louis Martin.

Married couples have vocations together: to help each other get to heaven.  Everything else takes a back seat to that.

BTW… my friend Fr. Stephen Reynolds, during his time at St. Theresa’s in Sugar Land, TX, had a beautiful bronze made of the couple for a shrine.



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  1. MrsMacD says:

    There’s a book with their correspondence; HERE
    I especially recommend it to Mothers who have lost children.

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