This is just too cool.
St. Therese of Lisieux, greatest saint of modern times, female Doctor of the Church (and she died at only 24 years old), patroness of missions (even thought she never left her convent), and my patron saint, is about to have her parents beatified!
Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin:
Katie and I, while engaged, prayed a novena through the Martins’ intercession for our impending marriage. Both of the Martins wanted to enter religious life, and both, providentially, were turned away for various reasons.
God blessed them with 9 children, but 4 of them died in early infancy, and the 5 children who survived into adulthood were all girls. Personally, I am confident in our Lord that all of St. Therese’s sisters are in Heaven as well: All of them entered religious life; most of them to the same Carmelite convent at Lisieux, France.
Also, Blessed Damien of Molokai, who ministered heroically to the outcast lepers in Hawaii before finally contracting leprosy himself and dying, is being canonized! I bought the book, The Colony, for my dad this past father’s day which describes the fate of the lepers exiled to this remote island and the actions of St. Damien (Father Damien) and the other good people who brought Christ to the lepers.
The movie made called Molokai is also worth watching; it stars David Wenham, the actor who played Faramir in the Lord of the Rings movies, as Father Damien.