Sunday, July 13, 2008

St. Therese of Lisieux's Parents to be Beatified on Mission Sunday

Here is interesting news out of Zenit. I had seen something on it some time ago. After having seen the movie about Therese and how her sisters had all entered convents, I pondered the sanctity of her parents. Now, their cause is advancing. From Zenit...

Couple to Be Beatified on Mission Sunday

ALENCON, France, JULY 13, 2008 ( Louis and Marie-Zélie Martin, parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, will be beatified on Mission Sunday at the Cathedral of Lisieux.

Cardinal Saraiva Martins, retired prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, made the announcement Saturday when he presided at a Mass at Notre-Dame Church at Alencon to mark the couple's 150th wedding anniversary.

Mission Sunday is celebrated this year on Oct. 19.

The news comes days after Benedict XVI recognized a miracle attributable to the intercession of Louis and Marie-Zélie Martin. It involved the healing of Pietro Schiliro of Monza, Italy.

Pietro was born in 2002 with a fatal lung malformation. Italian Carmelite Father Antonio Sangalli suggested that the child's parents pray a novena to Thérèse's parents to receive the strength to endure their suffering.

However, Pietro's mother decided to do the novena to ask for her son's cure. When Pietro regained his health, he and his parents went on pilgrimage to Lisieux to thank the Martins.

Cardinal Martins will preside at a Family Day today in Lisieux, during which he will bless a statue of St. Thérèse.

Use the arrows to rotate the "carousel" and bring a product into center focus, then click learn more. I highly recommend the movie, "Therese" which gets into some of her life before she went to the convent. It's spiritually deep. Catholic actor, Leonardo DeFilippis stars as her father in the movie. And, if you don't want to purchase anything, then just go ahead and hold down the right or left arrow - go ahead, play with it's cool.

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