MEDITATION OF THE DAY
A Man of Judgment, Mercy, and Fidelity
My dear big girl,
I just spent a very nice morning. I visited several magnificent churches, and all were filled with superb mosaics, they’re very beautiful and very elaborate…. We’re in good health, and I see with gratitude that God continues to lavish his goodness upon us. Yesterday we visited Pompeii. It was very interesting, and I’ll give you the details later.
I’m sorry, I have to accompany Father Marie, and I’m hurrying to write these few lines. They’re only to make you happy and give you a sign of life; you must realize that. Soon, in Rome, I’ll write you a longer letter.
Come, my dear daughters, always be my joy and consolation on earth and continue to serve the Lord well. He is so great and admirable in his works!
So goodbye, dear children, I thank you a thousand times for the kind prayers you say for the travelers. Father Marie is here behind me, and I’m forced to finish my letter.
I kiss you with all my heart.
Saint Louis Martin
Saint Louis Martin († 1894) and his wife, Saint Zélie, were the parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. [From A Call to a Deeper Love: The Family Correspondence of the Parents of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, 1863-1885, Ann Connors Hess, Tr. © 2011, The Fathers and Brothers of the Society of St. Paul, ST PAULS/Alba House, Staten Island, NY. www.stpauls.us. Used with permission.]