Leonie Martin: A Difficult Life
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Leonie Martin: A Difficult Life

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Leonie Martin was the least gifted of the four sisters of St. Therese of Lisieux. She was an emotionally disturbed child who suffered and and caused anguish to her family. Her mother, the heroic Zelie Martin, suffered most of all. Marie Baudouin-Croix, well-known French poet, has examined Zelie's correspondence with her daughters, her sister, her brother, and her sister-in...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Veritas Publications
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There were five Martin sisters. Four of them were healthy and pretty and well-behaved and smart. One of those four, Therese, was canonized only twenty-eight years after her death.

And then there was the fifth sister. Even the family called her "poor Leonie!" Leonie wasn't pretty. She had little or no common sense or impulse control, and probably had what we would today call learning disabilities. Her behavior as a child could be atrocious, upsetting the otherwise near-perfect family life. (It was...more
For those who are not familiar with the story of the Martin family, all the surviving Martin children grew up to become cloistered nuns. The most famous, of course, is St. Theresa who was canonized by the Church during her sister's lifetime and made a doctor of the church during ours.

The father of the clan wanted to be a priest, but was lacking in the classical education that was needed at the time. The mother of the clan wanted to be a nun, but was not accepted as a postulate probably due to th...more
I enjoyed this book very much. Not very much has been written about Leonie Martin. This book gives a broad overview of her life. It gives insight into the whole Martin family. And you learn how the family reacted to their sister becoming a saint. In reading other books about St Therese of Lisieux, Leonie is barely mentioned. But now I understand her place in the family.
I read this very moving book in just a few hours. It was very worthwhile. I learned a lot about Leonie Martin, the older sister of St. Therese, and the black sheep of the Martin family. This is a must read, especially, for any parent who has a child who is a challenge to raise.
This book is very interesting and inspiring.
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