Marriage The Movement

The Society of Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin

The Society of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin is established for those who donate at a modest sustaining level to support the work of reintroducing marriage as the sole institution that specifically unites children with their mother and father. This is a long term effort. Sts. Louis and Zélie, the first saints to be canonized as a married couple have become patron saints of the Marriage Reality Movement and intercessors for the evangelization of culture for marriage and family.

We look forward to sharing with you more about the Society as we work to protect the rights of children to be brought up in a family with their mother and father united in marriage and to discover the truth about love, sexuality, marriage, and family.

Society of Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin

Members receive a beautiful Giclèe fine art print of the icon.

Qualifications: Monthly donations of $40 or more. (As an introduction, donations of $480 or more will qualify for membership for the first year.)

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Zélie and Louis are an inspiration to families of today.They each owned a small business and worked hard while raising a big family. In the 19th century this two-career couple faced many of the same challenges we face now in the 21st century:

  • Finding time to pray and to be active in their parish
  • Educating and forming their children in the faith
  • Finding good care for children and aging parents
  • Achieving personal & professional excellence
  • Operating profitable businesses

Like us, Louis and Zélie could not control their circumstances. Life came at them unexpectedly, just as it comes at us.

In nineteen years of marriage, they knew much joy and many hardships. They could not prevent their tragedies: the Franco-Prussian war, when they had to house nine German soldiers; the infant deaths of four of their nine children, one from abuse by a wet-nurse; Zélie’s death from breast cancer at age 45. Later, Louis was diagnosed with cerebral arteriosclerosis and spent three years in a mental hospital.

They could not escape their responsibilities as spouses, parents, caregivers, and business owners. Their holiness lay in how they accepted what happened to them. They accepted their own powerlessness, that God might be all-powerful in their lives.

“Marriage isn’t about superficial happiness,” says Bill May, the founder and chief mission officer of the Marriage Reality Movement. “It is about the joy of loving and being loved unconditionally. Unlike the perception of marriage in our throw away culture, the reality of marriage is a man and woman choosing to make themselves irreplaceable to each other, becoming like a relative, not to be discarded if they are no longer pleasing to the other. The Martin’s are now saints, and one of their daughters, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, became a doctor of the Church. Their marriage changed history, proving that every marriage and every family changes history.”

Engaged unreservedly in the responsibilities of daily life, Zélie and Louis became saints in the fabric of their marriage: not in spite of being married, but in, through, and by marriage. As we work to take back marriage for our children and families, we will seek the intercession of this holy married couple. We invite you also to pray to them for your intentions and those of your families.

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