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LOUIS AND ZELIE MARTIN The seed and the root of the little flower

This is a true love story. Louis Martin and Zelie Guérin, the parents of the greatest Saint of modern times, fell love at first sight. They loved all their children and wanted to provide the best for them, but above all they loved God and desired that each of their family would also love Him. This is also a story of battles and conflict. The Martins lived at a time of trouble for the Church in Rome and of war between France and Prussia. Their main battle, however, was in achieving holiness for themselves and each of their children. The story of Louis and Zélie is written in the form of letters to their daughter, St Thérèse of Lisieux, each letter linked to the next forming a continuous narrative. Described also are the brief lives of Thérèse's two brothers and two of her sisters. A fuller account is given of her sisters Marie, Pauline and Céline who all became Carmelite nuns, and also of Léonie who joined the Visitation Order. Almost from birth in 1873, Thérèse had within her a sense of the presence of God. She loved Him with her whole heart, mind and soul. She also loved her parents, knowing that she owed to them the foundation of much of the strength of her spiritual life. Thérèse is often known as The Little Flower and her parents may rightly be thought of as The Seed and The Root of that Flower. Louis and Zélie Martin as a married couple were declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II on 26th March 1994. This is the first time for many centuries that a married couple have been thus honoured in the Church. How did the Martins achieve this honour ? What was their secret ? These letters to Thérèse reveal that they simply lived ordinary lives extraordinarily well. The story of Louis and Zélie is written in the form of letters to their daughter, St Thérèse of Lisieux, each letter linked to the next forming a continuous narrative. Described also are the brief lives of Thérèse’s two brothers and two of her sisters. A fuller account is given of her sisters Marie, Pauline and Céline who all becme Carmelite nuns, and also of Léonie who joined the Visitation Order.

QUILLER PRESS- 274 pages - 23 €

ST THERESE OF LISIEUX by those who knew her

Thérèse of Lisieux was declared Saint of Churh over fifty years ago. This book presents what those who knew her said about her when the first steps were taken towards her canonisation. Her sister, a maid, a school friend, her novice mistress, her novices and others, all have something to telle us about her from their own personal experience. And what they have to say provides a wonderful complement to her own,Story of Soul. The Thérèse they present is as loving, gentle and unassuming as we have always known her, but that quiet strength of character and undoubtable courage of the person wholly yielded up to God in loving trust regain their rightful emphasis in this restoration of « the true face » of St Thérèse. Like so many popular figures, Thérèse has suffered in the past from a tendency on the part of some well, meaning devotees to glamorise her. More recently, howewer, both scholars and friends have sought greater authenticity, and it is this desire to know the authentic Thérèse which prompted a team of Carmelite scholars to publish the Process of Beatification shortly before the fifieth anniversary of her canonisation. St Thérèse of Lisieux by Those Who Knew Her brings the work of these scholars within the reach of St Thérèse many English-speaking friends all over the world. This book presents what those who knew her said about her when the first steps were taken towards her canonisation. Her sister, a maid, a school friend, her novice mistress, her novices and others, all have somehing to tell us about her from their own personal experience.

VERITAS - 281pages - 12.60 €

CELINE SISTER : GENEVIEVE OF THE HOLY FACE

This biography of Céline Martin will be most welcomed by the innumerable devotees of St.Thérèse because Céline was her closest sister and friend, had a great influence on Thérèse, and also became a very holy woman herself. Céline entered the same Carmélite monastery as Thérèse and became Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face. She was the close confidante of Thérèse who confided in Céline all of her spiritual lights and graces and the great work the Holy Spirit was doing in her soul. Céline witnessed the short life and agonizing death of her beloved sister, having the privilege of receiving from Thérèse her last glance before her final ecstasy. Céline was the one who gave to the world the autobiographical manuscript of Thérèse, Story of a Soul, as well as her doctrine of Spiritual Childhood. Céline's spiritual path was strewn with difficulties : she had numerous struggles, temptations and moments of darkness. She knew the bitterness of discouragement because her faults stubbornly refused to be uprooted. But she persevered on the « little way » in the foo-steps of her great sister and became very saintly. She is an inspiring and consoling example for all who struggle for virtue without much apparent success. Illustrated. « This book is a must for anyone who loves Thérèsian spirituality for it sheds new light on many facets of Thérèse's background. » « If you struggle for accomplishement on the road to holiness, Céline is the book for you. We leran from her how to embrace holy childhood. A beautiful book. » This book seeks to present the thought of St Thérèse on prayer against a double background of Carmelite spirituality and her life as a nun in the Lisieux Carmel.

IGNATIUS - 195 pages - 10.90 €

THE STORY OF A FAMILY THE HOME OF ST THERESE OF LISIEUX

Pope St. Pius X called St. Thérèse the Little Flower « the greatest Saint of modern times » ; Pope Pius XI declared her co-patroness of the Missions throughout the entire world with St. Francis Xavier ; and Pope Pius XII declared her co-patroness of France with St. Joan of Arc. Yet St. Thérèse died at just 24, having been a Carmelite nun only 9 years. What was the secret of her greatness ? Giants in any sphere of human endeavor stand on the shoulders of giants. Nobody gets to Heaven alone. we are all what our birth, our families, our education, our country, etc. have helped to make us. In the Story of a Family, Fr. Stéphane-Joseph Piat has masterfully reconstructed for us the lives of Louis and Zélie Martin, St. Thérèse's parents, as well as those of her four sisters and near relatives, plus her own early life. In the process, he has produced one of the most moving books a Catholic will likely ever encounter. The life of the Martin family, though disciplined, ordered and holy, was far from being a calm, serene, uninterrupted joy. Louis and Zélie married relatively late in life, 35 and 28, had 9 children, of whom 4 died in infancy or quite young ; they lived through the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) and had to quarter German troops in their home ; each ran a seperate small business ; as parents, they struggled with severe childhood illness in their children, plus a host of other problems ; Zélie died of cancer at only 45, when St. Thérèse was just 4, leaving Louis to raise her and the other children. All 5 of Louis' and Zélie's daughters entered religion. For a time, during his declining years, Louis had to be cared for in a severe debility by first a sanatorium and then by relatives. But Louis and Zélie met all their troubles with faith and even the perish priest declared that Louis and Zélie were saints. The Story of a Family is a tender and touching panorama of Catholic family life at its best, a story that will thrill, motivate and inspire Catholic families so long as faith is alive. Whoever takes up this story is in for one of the great reading experiences of his life. For this story tears at the heart-strings as it reveals the making of a great, great Saint in the family context of what certainly has to have been the flower of French Catholic life. « God was pleased all through my life to surround me with love » Thérèse writes in her autobiography, obviously referring to her family. Here is the story of this family, M. and Mme Martin and their daughters as well as near relatives who all constituted the crucible where « the grestest saint of Modern Times » (St. Pius X) was molded.

TAN - 459 pages - 19.00 €

MY SISTER SAINT THERESE

This famous little classic by Sister Geneviève of the Holy Face, Céline Martin, is a wonderful treasury of little-known stories and sayings of St. Thérèse, almost equivalent to a second Story of a Soul. Céline was St. Thérèse's closest friend and her disciple in Carmel, having been placed under St. Thérèse's direction in the noviciate. Here Céline recounts a wealth of precious memories of her sister-teachings, anecdotes, hidden virtues, conversations and even amusing remarks-by which St. Thérèse translated her beautiful doctrine of Spiritual Childhood into the homely routines of daily life. Plus, Céline gives us privileged details of St. Thérèse's last months and beautiful death. Truly it seems an act of Divine Providence that this book was written, for Céline, blessed with a keen memory and loving heart, gathered up what she saw and heard, carefully preserving it in this now-famous little work. MY SISTER SAINT THERESE is a wonderful book of spiritual encouragement which should go far toward fulfilling St. Therese's great desire to teach others to love God as she loved Him. « I feel that my mission is soon to begin to make others love God as I do, to teach others my 'little way'. I will spend my Heaven in doing good upon earth… » St. Therese. « See, if we place all our confidence in the good God, and constantly put forth our best efforts, while hoping everything from His Mercy, we too shall receive the reward of the greatest saints. » St. Therese Souvenirs of conversations and anecdotes reported by Celine, St. Thérèse’s sister. Known as Sr. Geneviève of the Holy Face in religion, Céline who had had Thérèse as Novice-Mistress, transmits the teaching of Thérèse through her recollections of her.

TAN - 249 pages - 9.00 €

MAURICE AND THERESE THE STORY OF A LOVE

The Magnificent correspondence between Thérèse of Lisieux and a struggling young priest, and the inspiring story behind the intersection of two very different lives. As St. Thérèse lay dying in the Carmel of Lisieux, she overheard a conversation that amused her. Outside her window, two nuns were discussing what they could write in her obituary that might possible be of any interest, since the twenty-four-year-old nun had never done anything worth noting. Thérèse was pleased ; she had always kept a low profile. With the posthumous publication of her spiritual autobiography in 1898, however, that anonymity would disappear instantly and forever : instead, Thérèse became one of the best known and most beloved saints of all time. Amid growing interest in her writings comes this complete, collected correspondence between herself and a young seminarian, Maurice Bellière. Though they never met in person, they exchanged twenty-one letters that open a window on the heart of St. Thérèse, a window that would have remained forever closed had Maurice not written to the Mother Superior at the convent asking for a nun to pray for him. The Mother Superior chose Thérèse, and in these conversational letters she reveals herself in a way that we would never have known from her autobiography. In his accompanying text, Bishop Patrick Ahern expertly leads the reader into the worlds of Maurice and Thérèse, and in doing so reveals the full beauty of the saint's spirituality. For the first time, a whole book consecrated to one of the two young missionary spiritual brothers of St. Thérèse : Maurice Bellière, and to their prayerful correspondence. Through the letters sent to Maurice by his « good and very dear sister Thérèse », we are invited to deepen our knowledge of her and her message.

D.L.T - 284 pages - 15.95 €

THERESE OF LISIEUX AND MARIE OF THE TRINITY

The transformative relationship of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her novice, Sister of the Trinity In 1894, after having spent her youth in Paris, Marie-Louise Castel entered the Carmel of Lisieux. She was twenty years old. Thoughful and full of life she was the beneficiary of the advice and friendship of her young mistress of novices : Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus. She lived in the Carmel of Lisieux until her death in 1944 putting into practice in her daily life the « little way » taught to her by her saintly novice mistress. Her recollections have been put together here by Fr. Pierre Descouvemont, well known for his studies in Thérèsian spirituality. They constitute a unique witness regarding St. Thérèse and her entourage, and provide a first-hand account of life in the Carmel of Lisieux during the fifty years following the death of the Little Flower : the process of her canonization with all the consequences which that had on the day-to-day activities behind the cloister grill. The unpretentious testimony of Sr. Marie of the Trinity demonstrates very well how anyone who practices the « spirituality of the smile » can reach heroic heights of sanctity. The cross became for her, as it was for St. Thérèse whom she so admired and sought to imitate, a source of great joy. Suffering terribly from a painful facial ulcer in the final years of her life, she remained always « a child who knew no evil. » Her favorite saying, which she had learned from St. Thérèse and which she was known often to repeat was, « No ! Life is not sad ! » It's an attitude and outlook on life that is found on every page of this inspiring work. The youngest novice entrusted to Thérèse. In her spontaneity and vivacity, Thérèse found a heart after her own. Marie de la Trinité was a first-class witness at the process, and here are collected many of her recordings. In addition to her remembrances, we are given in this book the biography of this close friend of Thérèse’s, a friend who not only recorded her teaching, but also put it into practice.

ALBA HOUSE - 147 pages - 15.00 €

ST BENEDICT & ST THERESE the little rule & the little way

Fewer saints could be more different than Thérèse of Lisieux and Benedict of Nursia. One was a teenage girl in nineteenth-century France ; the other the sixth-century founder of Western monasticism. Benedict lived to a ripe old age and was honoured by popes and monarchs ; Thérèse died young in the obscurity of her provincial convent. Despite their differences, the lives and writings of Benedict and Thérèse complement one another beautifully. As the New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old is made manifest in the New, so Thérèse's « little way » is hidden in the « little rule » of Benedict. Likewise, the old monk's widson is made explicit in the young girl's teaching. Benedict's influence on Thérèse began at her Benedictine school, and she marked her devotion to Benedict is like a grandfather in the family of faith, while Thérèse is a little child. He represents the widson of age ; she stands for the widson of innocence. With sharp observation and profound insights, Dwight Longenecker unlocks the writings of Benedict and Thérèse so each one illuminates the other. Not just an academic study, St Benedict and St. Thérèse is a refreshing, witty and inspiring challenge for all who aspire to a deeper life of faith. Dwight Longenecker unlocks the writings of Benedict and Thérèse so each one illuminates the other. Not just an academic study, St Benedict and St. Thérèse is a refreshing, witty and inspiring challenge for all who aspire to a deeper life of faith.

GRACEWING - 217 pages - 15.00 €

I THIRST Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and mother teresa of calcutta

The heartfelt bond between Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and Mother Teresa of Calcutta can be traced to their common interest in assuaging the thirst of Christ on the Cross. Not only their thirst for Jesus, but Jesus thirst for them, for us. Their profound resemblance to one another is to be found in their unalterable desire to slake the thirst of Christ, to console Him in the face of the indifference of so many people, to quench His thirst for love, to love Him in others and letting them be loved by Him. They did so by opening up the floodgates of tenderness which had prevented the love in His heart from being welcomed as it ought. The cry of Jesus, mentioned countless times in their writings, was a determining factor in each of their lives. The words « I Thirst », are to be found side by side with the Crucifix in all the houses of the Missionaries of Charity, and the photograph of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, patroness of the missions, is never far away. Saint Thérèse and Mother Teresa are like two mirrors mutually reflecting the compassion of Christ. These two witnesses, making use of the « little way » of confidence and surrender, accessible to all, were chosen by God to reveal to us His thirst for love. In this Vision book, Helen Walker Homan, who writes in the tradition of Louisa Mae Alcott, has created another classic of delightful family life among five sisters, one of whom became a saint.

ALBA HOUSE - 101 pages - 15.00 €

THE MOTHER OF THE LITTLE FLOWER

Was St Thérèse's mother herself a saint ? Zélie Martin and her husband Louis were declared Venerable by the Church in 1994 for their « Heroic Virtue », and the couple's cause is now progressing toward Beatification. Zélie married at 27, bore 9 children, ran a home business and did a superb job of raising 5 daughters, including « the greatest saint of modern times ». She died of breast cancer at 45, but her greatness was recognized by her family and her friends, and is now known to the world. Zélie suffered many of the ordinary burdens of life, yet she was happy, loved her children « madly »and enjoyed them immensely. Turned down by the convent because of poor health, Zélie Martin courageously faced the worldly struggles of dealing with family worries, illnesses, the death of 4 of her children, discipline problems, business problems, irreligious people, even quartering and counseling young German soldiers during the Franco-Prussian War-bringing her totally Catholic outlook to everything she did. This book was written by her daughter Celine, who had access to Zélie's letters and to the reminiscences of her older sisters in the Carmel of Lisieux. It is authentic and inspiring, showing what a tremendous life's work and accomplishment it is to be a truly Catholic mother. Looking at Zélie's picture, one can see her incredible character, integrity, goodness, constancy and love. This book was written by her daughter Celine, who had access to Zélie’s letters and to the reminiscences of her older sisters in the Carmel of Lisieux. It is authentic and inspiring, showing what a tremendous life’s work and accomplishment it is to be a truly Catholic mother. Looking at Zélie’s picture, one can see her incredible character, integrity, goodness, constancy and love.

TAN - 122 pages - 6.00 €

THE FATHER OF THE LITTLE FLOWER

Louis Martin was the pattern of Fatherhood on which St. Thérèse built her now famous « Litlle Way of Spiritual Childhood ». Louis was declared Venerable by Church in 1994, along with his wife Zélie, and the couple's cause is now progressing toward beatification. What kind of a father was he ? These authentic reminiscences describe Louis Martin's marriage at age 34, his love and support for Zélie, his firm discipline and tender affection for his children, his piety, observance of Sunday, business practices, selfless conduct, generosity to the poor, etc. Celine gives particular attention to the sufferings of the father's old age, foreseen in a vision by Thérèse, which included a period of time spent in mental institution. She describes his beautiful death, as well as a sign receveid by Thérèse indicating that their father's soul had gone straight to Heaven. A selection of letters written by Louis gives additional insights into his character. All of Louis Martin's daughters considered themselves highly blessed to have had so good a father. And we today in turn are blessed to possess an authentic portrait (front cower) of the saintly father of « the greatest saint of modern times ». All of Louis Martin’s daughters considered themselves highly blessed to have had so good a father. And we today in turn are blessed to possess an authentic portrait (front cower) of the saintly father of « the greatest saint of modern times ».

TAN - 122 pages - 6.00 €