Many saints to talk about today, four of them “new.”
Today, Pope Francis canonized four new saints – the two everyone’s been talking about, the Martins, the parents of Therese of Lisieux and, of course, her sisters, but there were two others as well. Did you know that?
The men and women canonized today unfailingly served their brothers and sisters with outstanding humility and charity, in imitation of the divine Master.Saint Vincent Grossi was a zealous parish priest, ever attentive to the needs of his people, especially those of the young. For all he was concerned to break the bread of God’s word, and thus became a Good Samaritan to those in greatest need.
Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception devoted her life, with great humility, to serving the least of our brothers and sisters, especially the children of the poor and the sick.
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.
I can’t find anything on St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception! I mean…nada. Perhaps you can help…
Love this icon:
The image that hung in St. Peter’s Square for the canonization:
Today, in Rome, the Holy Father will declare two new saints- Louis and Zelie Martin. The Martin’s will be the first married couple to be canonized together as saints.
In the estimation of the world, Louis and Zelie Martin were insignificant. The cultural elites of our day would characterize the two as hopelessly irrelevant. Both sought to be Christ-like, to be holy, by living out their vocation as husband and wife as a sacrifice of love. They were the parents of nine children, of whom five survived to adulthood.
The purpose of the household the Martin’s established was to nurture disciples for Jesus and create future saints for the Church.
In this mission, God blessed them abundantly.