Day 11 - Bl. Louis and Zelie

Welcome to another week in our 40 Days for Vocations! This week, I will be sharing with you some of my favorite married saints.

Now, with each of the saints I share with you in this series, there is so much more that I could say, but I'll keep my descriptions of them brief. My hope is that I will whet your appetite, and you'll rcome to know these men and women better yourself. ;-)

For our first day, I want to share with you Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin.

Louis and Zelie were the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, as well as parents to a number of other children, both on earth and in heaven. I love the example that they are for marriage and family life.

Both Louis and Zelie  had tried to join a religious order. In Louis' case, he didn't have all the qualifications necessary to join, and in Zelie's case, I believe, the mother superior sensed that religious life was not her calling. Both were saddened by the rejection, but carried on with their work. Once they found each other, of course, it all made sense.

Louis and Zelie were very much moderns, but they did what they could to resist secular ways that conflicted with their faith. For example, many shops in France were open on Sundays, but the Martins kept their businesses (lace making and watch repair) closed. They took their children to Mass regularly, and went to daily Mass as a couple every morning.

But most beautifully, they created a real domestic monastery in their home. Their home was a place of love and of faith. Each of their little girls was treated as the treasure she was (no easy task with small children!), and the love in their home was palpable. Faith was interwoven throughout their home and family lifestyle. The little ones were often thinking of heaven, because their reminders of it everywhere.

I could share more and more about this dynamic couple with you, but I'm actually just going to point you in the direction of a few phenomenal books on the Martins:

Please continue to pray for vocations with us!

O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.

Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen. (source)


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