On October 18th 2015, Pope Francis canonized the first-ever married couple, Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. Their feast day is July 12th.
Those closest to the couple, especially their children, knew of their great sanctity during their earthly life; from heaven they welcome our requests to intercede for those striving for holiness in family life.
The miracle that prompted their canonization was the inexplicable cure of a Spanish girl named Carmen Perez Pons in Valencia, Spain, in 2008.
Carmen was born on October 16, the feast of St. Teresa of Avila. After her birth she suffered many medical complications which threatened her life. In response, her parents visited a Carmelite monastery dedicated to St. Teresa in order to obtain prayers for their daughter.
The Sisters recommended the healing of Carmen to the intercession of the Martins, who had been beatified just four days before. What happened next is a miracle!
As reported by Rome Reports:
St. Therese of Lisieux once said of her parents, "God gave me a father and mother more worthy of heaven than of earth." Learn more about their family life in the book A Family of Saints: The Martins of Lisieux–Saints Thérèse, Louis, and Zélie.
Saints Louis & Zelie, pray for us!