Marie-Frances Therese Martin was born to the holiest of parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, who endeavored to shield their children as much as possible from the influences of the world.
The sacrifices made by Louis and Zelie Martin produced five vocations to the consecrated religious life. Zelie Martin's prayers from eternity after her death assisted her husband as he raised one canonized saint and four other daughters who served Holy Mother Church as brides of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The simplicity and love of the Little Flower teaches each of us to pursue holiness as befits redeemed creatures, seeking the things of Heaven in this life so that we may spend our Heaven doing good here on earth. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face was raised in a family that stressed the importance of withdrawing from the world. Louis and Zelie Martin were very protective of their daughters, making sure to instill within them a firm commitment to the Virtue of Modesty.
Indeed, Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face, Marie-Frances Celine Martin, was shocked at the immodesty that had overtaken France with the Allied bombing of Normandy forced the cloistered Carmelites of the Carmel out of their cloister and into the world in June of 1944. She noted this in a letter to Mother Agnes Mary that was dated July 7, 1944:
"After fifty years of eremetical living, to find myself all of a sudden uprooted and thrown into the midst of the world, with veil raised, is a true martyrdom for a recluse like me. It seems to me as if we're in a station where everybody is crowding around and intermingling. We sleep fully clothed on benches; we take our meals in haste, standing up in the dark; we look with astonishment and grief at the feminine styles stripped of all dignity." (As quoted in Celine: Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face, Sister and Witness of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, by Father Stephane-Joseph Piat, O.F.M., p. 130.)
What would Saint Therese and Sister Genevieve say today about the feminine attire that is considered "modest" and "acceptable" in Catholic chapels all across the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide where some version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition is offered or simulated?
They would not have been approving, and that is because their holy parents taught them Catholic right from wordily wrong.
Why is this so difficult for many traditionally-minded Catholic parents to understand, accept and abide by today?
Work has commenced on a commentary about the terrible tragedy that unfolded in Las Vegas, Nevada, that I only learned about early Monday morning upon arising. Sufice it to say for the moment that I have always despised Las Vegas and the open promotion of sin, including vices that are fully protected by the cover of the civil law, to be found there. It is, quite sadly, that a city whose gambling industry became famous when the notorious Mafia hitman and racketeer named Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel decided to bankroll The Flamingo hotel and casino has been the scene of such terrible bloodshed. Las Vegas rose to prominence out of the desert as a result of the bloodlust and greed of a murdering gangster, and it is prominent in the news today because of the bloodlust of a man who was most likely as possessed by the adversary as was Bugsy Siegel himself.
Pray for the victims and their relatives. Pray for those who have wounded.
Above all, pray to Our Lady always to remain in a state of Sanctifying Grace as even though Las Vegas is indeed a city of sin--and is known as "sin city," such mindless violence can occur at any time and in any place.
Indeed, do you realize that in the space of the seventy-two minutes that it took for fifty-nine people to be killed and five hundred twenty-seven more to be wounded 126 innocent preborn human beings were killed in abortuaries by surgical means. Countless numbers of others were dispatched in hospitals under the aegis of the medical industry's manufactured, profit-making myth of "brain death" and in hospices, where innocent human beings are killed off after having been put on a "pathway" to a "death with dignity."
We live in a land awash in the blood of the innocent.
May God have mercy on us all.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Therese of Lisieux, pray for us!