Hi “Dempsey”. Yep… I love St. Therese to pieces! She is my Baptismal patron. I say a Novena to her, the first 9 days of each month. She is my sister, in the truest sense of the term. I’m glad that you’re going to get her autobiography, “The Story of a Soul”. In it, you will learn not only about her life as a Carmelite nun… but also, about her early family life. Her parents… Zelie and Louis Martin were Beatified recently… and moved to the Basilica in Lisieux… where St. Therese herself, reposes.
The Church is also looking at the rest of the Martin family… for eventual Beatification and Canonization. There were 9 kids in the Martin family, altogether. And the 5 girls, who grew to adulthood… all entered religious life! In addition to St. Therese… I have also developed a devotion to her sister, Celine (Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face… in religious life) because like me, Celine was caregiver to one of their parents. Louis Martin, who suffered from some type of dementia in the last part of his life.
I’m very excited that you will be getting to know St. Therese better! She’s truly a saint for our times!
God bless you!
P.S. Take a look at the following website. You will not only learn more about Therese… but also, her sisters: Marie, Pauline, Leonie and Celine. It’s an awesome website!