Fr Smith’s suggested Advent reading for 2016 is Stephane Piat’s A Family of Saints: The Martins of Lisieux.  Many people are familiar with the story of St Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, a young Carmelite nun who died at very young age and is a Doctor of the Church for her spirituality of the “little way.”  What many people do not know about is the story of her entire family.  Her parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, were canonized this year by Pope Francis.  Learn about this incredible family that pursued holiness amidst financial chaos, frequent illness, dementia, and a family of strong personalities.  The Martin family is the proof that ordinary families living in the world can produce tremendous saints.

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