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Quote of the Day – 12 July – Sheep amidst the wolves

Quote of the Day – 12 July – Friday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Gospel: Matthew 10:16–23 and The Memorial of Sts Louis & Zelie Martin – Parents of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves,
so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

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“They live in the world, that is,
in each and in all
of the secular professions and occupations.
They live in the ordinary circumstances
of family and social life,
from which, the very web, of their existence is woven.
They are called there by God,
that by exercising their proper function
and led by the spirit of the Gospel,
they may work for the sanctification of the world,
from within as a leaven.”

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Memorials of the Saints – 12 July

St Agnes De
St Andreas the Soldier
St Ansbald of Prum
St Balay
St Clement Ignatius Delgado Cebrian
Bl David Gonson
St Epiphana
St Faustus the Soldier
St Felix of Milan
St Fortunatus of Aquileia
St Hermagorus of Aquileia
St Hilarion of Ancyra
St Jason of Tarsus
Bl Jeanne-Marie de Romillon
St John Gualbert (c 985-1073)
St John Jones
St John the Georgian
Bl Lambert of Cîteaux

St Louis Martin (18231894)
St Marie-Azélie Guérin / ZELIE Martin (1831 –1877)

Bl Madeleine-Thérèse Talieu
Bl Marguerite-Eléonore de Justamond
Bl Marie Cluse
St Menas the Soldier
St Menulphus of Quimper
St Nabor of Milan
St Paternian of Bologna
St Paulinus of Antioch
St Phêrô Khan
St Proclus of Ancyra
St Proculus of Bologna
St Uguzo of Carvagna
St Veronica
St Veronica’s Story:

St Viventiolus of Lyons

Martyrs of Nagasaki – 8 beati: Additional Memorial – 10 September as one of the 205 Martyrs of Japan
Eight lay people, many them related to each other, who were martyred together:
• Catharina Tanaka
• Ioannes Onizuka Naizen
• Ioannes Tanaka
• Ludovicus Onizuka
• Matthias Araki Hyozaemon
• Monica Onizuka
• Petrus Araki Chobyoe
• Susanna Chobyoe
12 July 1626 in Nagasaki, Japan
Beatified on 7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX.


Quote/s of the Day – 12 July – The Memorial of Sts Louis & Zelie Martin

Quote/s of the Day – 12 July – The Memorial of Sts Louis & Zelie Martin

– Parents of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus

“The good God,
gave me a father and mother,
more worthy of Heaven than of earth.”

St Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897)

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“They live in the world, that is,
in each and in all
of the secular professions and occupations.
They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life,
from which, the very web, of their existence is woven.
They are called there by God,
that by exercising their proper function
and led by the spirit of the Gospel,
they may work for the sanctification of the world,
from within as a leaven.”

Lumen Gentium 31they live in the world - lumen gentium 31


Our Morning Offering – 12 July – The Memorial of Sts Louis & Zelie Martin

Our Morning Offering – 12 July – The Memorial of Sts Louis & Zelie Martin – Parents of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Morning Offering
By St Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897)

O my God!
I offer You all my actions of this day
for the intentions and for the glory
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I desire to sanctify
every beat of my heart,
my every thought,
my simplest works,
by uniting them to Its infinite merits
and I wish to make reparation for my sins,
by casting them into the furnace
of Its Merciful Love.
O my God!
I ask You for myself and for those
whom I hold dear,
the grace to fulfill perfectly
Your Holy Will,
to accept for love of You
the joys and sorrows of this passing life,
so that we may one day be united together,
in Heaven for all Eternity.
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Saints of the Day – Sts Louis & Zelie Martin – Parents of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus/of Lisieux (1873-1897 – Doctor of the Church)

Saints of the Day – Sts Louis (1823-1894) & Zelie (1831–1877) Martin – Parents of St  Thérèse of the Child Jesus/of Lisieux (1873-1897 – Doctor of the Church).   Sts Louis and Zelie two married French laypeople and the parents of five nuns, including Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun who was Canonised as a saint in 1925 and added as one of the only 36 Doctors of the Church by St Pope John Paul in 1997.   On 18 October 2015, the couple were also Canonised, becoming the first spouses in the church’s history to be canonised as a couple.

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The simple, hard-working and prayerful Martin family from the small French town of Alençon was anything but ordinary.   Not only is one of the family’s daughters the great St Thérèse of the Child Jesus — the Carmelite Doctor of the Church known for her “little way” — and another daughter, Sister Leonie, under consideration for Canonisation but the parents became the first married couple ever to be Canonised saints.  Sts Louis and Zélie Martin built a family that shines throughout the world today as a beacon of ideal family life.

Neither had intended to marry.  Both had seriously considered religious life but doors had been closed to them as they moved closer to that vocation.   God’s will became increasingly clear to them, ending up as the perfect Catholic love story that, beginning when they met on Alençon’s St Leonard’s Bridge, was bookended with their 2015 Canonisation.

It was love at first sight that day on the bridge.   A brief courtship resulted in their 13 July 1858, marriage.   On that day, Sts Louis and Zélie established a family grounded in a love for God and a commitment to do His will, not immune from the everyday troubles of family life nor the pains and sorrows that few families know.

The couple complemented each other well.   Louis was reserved and contemplative, while Zélie was outgoing and social.   Both put their children ahead of themselves and wanted nothing but their best.   Prayerful and discerning, these holy parents had the clear-headed vision to know that the best for their children was to help them grow in a relationship with God.

Numerous challenges that the Martins faced was the stuff that has driven many away from God and religion.   Four of the Martins’ children died at an early age and Zélie suffered a lengthy bout with breast cancer that resulted in her death at the age of 45.
When understood improperly, one is prone to seeing suffering as a reason to doubt their faith and to give up on God.   Throughout it all, the Martins confidently proclaimed a profound love of God and an undying trust in His providence.

The Little Way of St Thérèse posits a simple spirituality of doing little things exceedingly well.   She learned this first and foremost from her parents as a girl  . As she said herself, “The good Lord gave me a father and a mother more worthy of heaven than of earth.”

In good times and in bad, the Martins were faithful to each other and to God.   They embraced their vocation as spouses and parents with joy and they dedicated their entire selves to their calling.   They worked hard to provide for their family — Louis eventually gave up his watch shop to join Zélie in her lucrative lace-making business.   But they knew that their success was found in putting God first, as evidenced by their daily habit of attending Mass together.


Their family life is a model for families the world over.   The Martin home was filled with laughter and joy just as much as it was with prayer and love.   It was a home of affection, tenderness and mercy.   And it was a home where holiness was desired above all else. They wanted what God wanted and nothing more.   They did not give in to the temptations and weaknesses that came with trials and suffering, but relied on Christ’s example and His grace in the sacraments to fortify them.

In the end, the sole desire of the Martins for themselves and for their children was to become saints.   And now Canonised, Sts Louis and Zélie provide a clear blueprint for families today who share that same goal. (OSV Newsweekly).web3-louis-zelie-martyin-parenting-advice-mercy-mcnab-photography

Louis and Zélie were declared “venerable” on 26 March 1994 by St Pope John Paul II. They were Beatified on 19 October 2008 by José Saraiva Cardinal Martins, the legate of Pope Benedict XVI in the Basilica of Saint Thérèse, Lisieux.   A few months earlier, the Church had recognised the miracle of Pietro Schiliro, an Italian child cured of lung illness, at their intercession.   For Louis and Zélie to be Canonised, the church needed to find that God worked a second miracle at their intercession.

On 7 January 2013, Carlos Osoro Sierra, Archbishop of Valencia, presided at the opening of the canonical process to inquire into the healing in 2008 of a girl named Carmen, who was born in Valencia four days before Louis and Zélie were beatified  .Eight doctors testified that there was no scientific explanation for her cure.

The diocesan tribunal held its closing session on 21 May 2013 and the file was sent to Rome for review by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

On 3 March 2015 Angelo Cardinal Amato announced informally that Louis and Zélie Martin would be declared saints during the Synod of Bishops.   The Congregation accepted and promulgated the miracle on 18 March 2015.

On 26 June 2015, Miracle of Life in Valencia, a film produced by the Archdiocese of Valencia about the Canonisation miracle was released online in English.    The next day, at a consistory of cardinals in Rome, Pope Francis approved the decree for the Canonisation of Louis and Zélie Martin and announced that the ceremony would take place in October in Rome.

On 18 October 2015, Louis and Azélie-Marie Martin were Canonised as saints by Pope Francis.Vatican French SaintsLouis_and_Marie-Azélie_Martin (1)

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Thought for the Day – 8 July – The Memorial of Sts Priscilla and Aquila

Thought for the Day – 8 July – The Memorial of Sts Priscilla and Aquila

It is appropriate that today, on the Memorial of Saints Priscilla and Aquila that we remember the parents of “the Little Flower”, the first married couple to be formally canonised together, Louis and Zelie Martin.

Louis and Zélie Martin, parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux (“The Little Flower”), were the first married couple to be canonised together and just three weeks after the annual feast day of Thérèse.   Their canonisation coincided with the Ordinary Synod on the Family in Rome.Vatican French Saints

Though the Martins were known as a typical French family of their time, Louis and Zélie espoused and upheld a rare and unblemished love for God, each other and their children.

Although Louis intended to become a monk, wishing to enter the Augustinian Great St Bernard Monastery, he was rejected because he did not succeed at learning Latin.   Later he decided to become a watchmaker and studied his craft in Rennes and in Strasbourg.

Zélie wanted to become a nun but was turned away by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul due to respiratory difficulties and recurrent headaches.   She then prayed for God to give her many children and that they would be consecrated to God. She later decided to become a lacemaker, manufacturing Alençon lace.   She fell in love with the watchmaker Louis Martin in 1858 and married him, only three months later, on 12 July 1858, at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Alençon.   Zélie’s business became so successful that, in 1870, Louis sold his watchmaking business to go into partnership with her.

The couple nurtured their marriage and maintained a joyful Catholic home, while balancing the demands of business and day-to-day life with their children.   Mr and Mrs Martin exemplified the multi-faceted vocation of being married Catholics and astute parents – putting God first;   mentoring, educating and disciplining their children; being honourable business owners and employers;   helping local families destitute and in need;   and persevering in faith through loss of children, Zélie’s breast cancer and her early death.

As a father, Louis loved nature with a deep sentimental enthusiasm  . It was from him that Thérèse inherited her passion for flowers and meadows and for her native landscape, clouds, thunderstorms, the sea and the stars.   He made pilgrimages to Chartres and Lourdes, went to Germany and Austria, travelled twice to Rome and even to Constantinople and planned but did not live to carry out, a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Along with this desire for adventure was an impulse towards withdrawal;   in Lisieux Louis arranged a little den for himself high up in the attic, a true monastic cell for praying, reading and meditation.   Even his daughters were allowed to enter it only if they wished spiritual converse and self-examination.   As in a monastery, he divided the day into worship, garden work and relaxation.   As a jeweller and watchmaker, Louis loved the precious things with which he dealt.   To his daughters he gave touching and naïve pet names:  Marie was his “diamond”,  Pauline his “noble pearl”,  Céline “the bold one” and “the guardian angel”.   Thérèse was his “little queen … to whom all treasures belonged”

On 18 October 2015, Louis and Azélie-Marie Martin were canonised as saints by Pope Francis.

“The holy spouses Louis Martin and Marie-Azélie Guérin practised Christian service in the family, creating day by day an environment of faith and love which nurtured the vocations of their daughters, among whom was Saint Therese of the Child Jesus.

The radiant witness of these new saints inspires us to persevere in joyful service to our brothers and sisters, trusting in the help of God and the maternal protection of Mary.   From heaven may they now watch over us and sustain us by their powerful intercession.”…Pope Francis

Indeed we cry out to God, “Call down your mercy on marriage!

Sts Priscilla and Aquila, Louis and Zélie, pray for all married couples, pray for the sanctity of marriage and for us all!sts priscilla and aquila, louis and zelie - pray for us - 8 july 2018 - no 2

Prayer for Marriage and Families
By St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

Lord God, from You,
every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.
Father, You are Love and Life.
Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman
and through the Holy Spirit, fountain of divine charity,
grant that every family on earth may become,
for each successive generation, a true shrine of life and love.
Grant that Your grace may guide the thoughts and actions
of husbands and wives, for the good of their families
and of all the families in the world.
Grant that the young may find in the family,
solid support for their human dignity
and for their growth in truth and love.
Grant that love, strengthened by the grace
of the sacrament of marriage,
may prove mightier than all the weakness
and trials through which our families sometimes pass.
Through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that the Church
may fruitfully carry out her worldwide mission
in the family and through the family.
Through Christ our Lord,
who is the Way, the Truth and the Life
forever and ever.
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