Working at the Society of the Little Flower, I am used to hearing stories about roses, and frankly, I have been a bit skeptical.
Family is the heart of the human experience. We are all born into a family. These are the people God chose for us. Friends are the people we choose. Our very identity is tied up with the family we were born into.
So, as friends of St. Thérèse and the Carmelites, we rejoice that Zélie and Louis are properly recognized by the universal Church as saints whose holiness and struggles with life are a positive, grace-filled model
St. Thérèse and all Carmelites are dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. She is the inspiration of all Carmelite spirituality.
With childlike simplicity, confidence, and hope, she celebrates littleness as the best means of holiness. Stairways were great teachers of Thérèse – how God was forming her and defining her.
Louis and Zelie fostered an importance of faith in their family. Due to this dedication, the Martins are to be canonized within the next year. Pope Francis approved the final miracle for them to move on with the process. The Martins will be the first couple in history to be canonized together.
St. Joseph is a mysterious and fascinating figure. There is little said about him in our Christian scripture and tradition. The Gospel of Matthew traces the genealogy of Jesus through Joseph to make sure that Jesus was of the House of David, since the Messiah was to come from the House and lineage of David. Through Joseph we understand that Jesus is the son of ancient promises, and yet; Scripture insist that he is not His biological father.