Monday, October 20, 2008

New Beati: The Little Flower's Mother and Father

Louis Martin, a watchmaker, and Marie Zelie Guerin, a lacemaker, met, fell in love, and married in 1858. They had each desired to enter the religious life, but were rejected. Wherein we see the hand of Providence, since if they had succeeded in carrying out their plans, we would be minus one Doctor of the Church, namely, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. In recognition of their own heroic virtue, they were beatified at Lisieux Cathedral on October 19, 2008.

Here is a poem written by St. Thérèse in the summer of 1894, after the death of her father. (Note: on account of Blogger's formatting quirks, I am unable to reproduce the format under which the poem has been published.)

Prayer of a Child of a Saint

Remember that formerly on earth
Your only happiness used to be to love us dearly.
Grant your children’s prayer.
Protect us, deign to bless us still.
Up there you have again found our dear Mother,
Who had gone before you to our Holy Homeland.
Now in Heaven
You both reign.
Watch over us!.....

Remember your beloved Marie,
Your eldest daughter, the dearest to your heart.
Remember that she filled your life
With her love, charm, and happiness…
For God you gave up her sweet presence,
And you blessed the hand that offered suffering to you…
O! your Diamond
Always more sparkling

Remember your fine bright pearl,
Whom you knew as a weak and timid lamb.
See her filled with divine strength
And leading Carmel’s flock.
She has become the Mother of your other children.
O Papa! Come guide her who is so dear to you!...
And without leaving Heaven
Your little Carmel

Remember the ardent prayer
You made for your third child.
God granted it, for on earth she is
Like her sisters, a very brilliant beautiful Lily.
The Visitation hides her from the eyes of the world,
But she loves Jesus, she is flooded with His peace.
Her ardent desires
And all her sighs

Remember your dear Céline,
Who was like an angel from Heaven for you
When a glance from the Divine Face
Came to test you by a glorious choice…..
You reign in Heaven…..her task is complete.
Now she gives her life to Jesus…..
Protect your child
Who repeats so often

Remember your little queen,
The orphan of Bérésina.
Remember her uncertain steps.
It was always your hand that guided her.
O Papa! remember that in the days of her childhood
You wanted to keep her innocence for God alone!...
And her blonde hair
That delighted your eyes

Remember that in the belvedere
You always sat her on your lap,
And then whispering a prayer,
You rocked her with your sweet refrain.
She saw a reflection of Heaven on your face
When your profound look was immersed in space,
And you sang the beauty
Of Eternity

Remember the radiant Sunday
When you pressed her to your paternal heart.
You gave her a little white flower,
Allowing her to fly to Carmel.
O Papa! remember that in her great trials
You gave her proofs of the most sincere love.
In Rome and in Bayeux
You showed her Heaven

Remember that at the Vatican
The Holy Father’s hand rested on your brow,
But you could not understand the mystery
Of the Divine seal imprinted on you…..
Now your children pray to you.
They bless your Cross and your bitter suffering!...
On your glorious brow
Nine Lilies in bloom
Shine in Heaven!!!...

The Orphan of Bérésina

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