Holy Spouses, Holy Families: Reflections on the Synod’s Final Days
First Things has a great piece from Archbishop José Gomez, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, on the final days of the Synod and St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s family:
As Synod-2015 began its final week of work, Pope Francis canonized a married couple, Louis and Zélie Martin, whose nine children included the Doctor of the Church, St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
Louis and Zélie led a humble, hidden life. It was rooted in the rhythms of daily Mass and everyday duties—earning a living, making meals and doing the housework, teaching the children, serving in the community, and simply enjoying time together as a family. The couple knew love and joy and also suffering and sadness—four of their children died as infants.
In his homily on Sunday, Pope Francis called them “holy spouses.”
Saints Louis and Zélie are not rarities. How many holy spouses there are, hidden saints of the everyday, in every time and every place in the Church. There are holy spouses and holy families in every part of the world today—ordinary men and women trying to live faithfully by the Church’s teachings and the grace of her sacraments…
Read the rest by clicking here, and scrolling down to “Disquisitions.”