recent, and unprecedented, canonization by Pope Francis of a husband
and wife, Louis and Zelie Martin, the Parents of Saint Therese, has
stirred a great interest in this extraordinary family. This work, by
the highly regarded expert on the Martin family, Father
Stephane-Joseph Piat, O.F.M, is the definitive biography, Story
of a Soul,
how important her family life was in setting the foundation for her
spiritual life. She grew up in a close family, where the deep love of
parents and children for God, neighbor, and each other was the very
heart of their home and family life.
family of saints, who lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s, might
appear from their quaint photographs to have lived a relatively
serene and smooth path to sainthood, untarnished by modern problems.
But, as this book shows, the reality is quite the opposite. They
suffered from the loss of four children, the failure of a family
business, and the death of Zelie, at forty-five,
to breast cancer.
secret to their happiness then is the secret to our happieness
now-unfailing love made possible by boundless faith in God. All the
challenges the Martins faced, great and small, were met with a
profound trust in Divine Providence.
- 386 pages
- Illustrated with 8 pages of photographs