October 20, 2015

Pope Canonizes Four Saints Including the Parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Pope Francis
At a Mass in St. Peter’s Square, October 18, Pope Francis canonized four individuals, among them, the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. It is the first time a married couple has been canonized together. [CNS reports] The Pontiff said in part:
There can be no compatibility between a worldly understanding of power and the humble service which must characterize authority according to Jesus’ teaching and example,” he continued. “Ambition and careerism are incompatible with Christian discipleship; honor, success, fame and worldly triumphs are incompatible with the logic of Christ crucified … The men and women canonized today unfailingly served their brothers and sisters with outstanding humility and charity, in imitation of the divine Master.
About 65,000 people attended the Mass, including more than 300 cardinals, bishops and others taking part in the Oct. 4-25 synod on the family. Those canonized were:
  • Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin (1831-1877), the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. They had nine children; four died in infancy and five entered religious life. During their 19-year marriage, the couple was known to attend Mass daily, pray and fast, respect the Sabbath, visit the elderly and the sick, and welcome the poor into their home.
  • Italian Father Vincenzo Grossi (1845-1917), founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Oratory.
  • Spanish Sister Maria of the Immaculate Conception (1926-1998), a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross.

Holy Mass and Canonizations - 10/18/2015

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