(d. 1877 & 1894)
All five of Louis and Zélie Martin’s daughters became nuns; the most famous of them became known as St. Thérèse of Lisieux, whose autobiography spoke of her loving and holy parents.
“Louis’ mother, concerned about her youngest son’s extended bachelorhood, met Zélie Guérin at a class on lacemaking and immediately saw in her a potential match for her son,” according to Our Sunday Visitor. “How this encounter led to the young couple’s initial meeting on a bridge in town is unknown. Told by an inner voice that the handsome stranger she encountered on that bridge was to be her future husband (so the family story goes), the ever-energetic Zélie wasted no time fulfilling this prophecy.”
Shortly before his death, Louis Martin wrote these words to his daughters: “I want to tell you, my dear children, that I have the urgent desire to thank God and to make you thank God, because I feel that our family, though very humble, has the honor of being among the privileged of our adorable Creator.”