Father of the Little Flower
Louis Martin was the pattern of fatherhood on which St. Therese built her now famous "Little Way of Spiritual Childhood". On October 18, 2015, he and his wife Zélie were declared saints of the Church, the first married couple to be canonized together. What kind of a father was he? These reminiscences describe Louis Martin's marriage at age 34, his love and support for Zélie, his firm discipline yet tender affection for his children, his piety, observance of Sunday, business practices, selfless conduct, generosity to the poor, etc. The book is written by his daughter Celine, who gives particular attention to the sufferings of her father's old age, which included a period of time spent in a mental institution. She describes his beautiful death, as well as a sign received by Therese indicating that their father's soul had gone straight to Heaven. Letters written by Louis give additional insights into his character. Louis Martin's daughters considered themselves highly blessed to have had so good a father.
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