The Word Among Us

September 2015 Issue

Growing into Their Vocation

The story of Louis and Zélie Martin

By: Maureen O’Riordan

Growing into Their Vocation: The story of Louis and Zélie Martin by Maureen O’Riordan

Do any bride and groom fully understand what they are getting into when they say, “I do”? The answer is probably yes and no. Yes, if they come to the altar with an appreciation of God’s plan for marriage. And no, because it’s only by living marriage out that a couple comes to see what it means and learns how to love each other as husband and wife. For some, the learning curve is steep.

Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, are a prime example. Here was a couple who needed conversion to the very...


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