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October 19, 2008


"He said that they teach us to face death, abandoning ourselves to God."

Also good advice on how to face every minute of life.

Indeed! Thank you!

Marvelous news: the definitive edition of the letters of Blessed Zelie and Louis Martin has been translated into English and is now available. To order it, or for more information, please visit www.thereseoflisieux.org. Wait till you see the 32 pages of beautiful photos and the introduction, which explores the depths of Louis and Zelie’s marital spirituality.

I believe that Zelie, who wrote most of the letters, will inspire people especially through this book. She begins more than one letter with an endearingly human remark like "I am not writing to your wife today; I'm annoyed that she didn't answer my last letter, so I won't write to her until she does." Yet she is a great saint! I trust her letters will inspire many married women and men.

When fragments of these letters appeared in French in 1958, it did much to arouse devotion to the Martin spouses and to advance their beatification. Let's pray that the publication of these letters in English, which was the work of American laywomen, will make them so widely known and loved that God will grant the miracle for their canonization.

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