This biography of C?®line Martin will be most welcomed by the in-numerable devotees of St. Thérèse because C?®line was her closest sister and friend who had a great influence on Thérèse and who also became a very holy woman herself.
C?®line entered the same Carmelite monastery as Thérèse and became Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face. She was the close confidante of Thérèse who confided in C?®line all of her spiritual lights and graces and the great work the Holy Spirit was doing in her soul. C?®line witnessed the short life and agonizing death of her beloved sister, having the privilege of receiving from Thérèse her last glance before her final ecstasy.
C?®line was the one who gave to the world the autobiographical manuscript of Thérèse, Story of a Soul, as well as her doctrine of Spiritual Childhood. C?®lines own spiritual path was strewn with numerous struggles, temptations and moments of darkness. But she persevered in the doctrine of the "little way" in the footsteps of her great sister and became very saintly. Illustrated.
The Rev. Father Stéphane-Joseph Piat, O.F.M., was a priest and author of the twentieth century. His The Story of a Family: The Home of St. Thérèse of Lisieux details the struggles and triumphs of the Martin family, including the lives of Louis and Zelie Martin, as well as the other relatives and siblings of St. Thérèse. The work was originally published in the mid-nineteen-forties by P.J. Kennedy and Sons, New York. Father Piat's book was also printed in 1994 by TAN Books, having received the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur.
This book is a must for anyone who loves Th?®r?¿sian spirituality for it sheds new light on many facets of Thérèse's background.
- Alice von Hildebrand