Blog by the Sea reports:
La-Croix (through AFP) has reported that Pope Benedict XVI today signed the decree of the “miracle of the child” allowing the beatification of the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. The announcement was made in a statement released today by the Diocese of Séez. The diocesan announcement says that the announcement appeared at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon in L’Osservatore Romano.
St. Thérèse’s parents’ bodies were exhumed in Lisieux on May 28 in preparation for placing them in the basilica in September. They were previously declared to be venerable in 1994.
According to the diocese, which apparently is drawing from the Vatican’s article in L’Osservatore Romano, the time and place of the beatification will be announced on July 13. That is the 150th anniversary of the marriage of St. Thérèse’s parents, Louis and Zélie Martin.
This is great news. Some years ago another member of the Carmelite group I was attending lent me a book on Louis Martin and so I came to have a devotion to him. One of my favorite stories in the book is that he had a devotion to the Desert Fathers and would constantly read up on him. His daughters would sometimes hide his book on the Desert Fathers our of concern that he would run off to emulate them. This of course was never any threat of this since he was a true father devoted to his children. The irony is that it was all of his daughters that ended up becoming nuns and leaving him. He was not one to begrudge God anything and the gift of his daughters to God was a full offering.