A fourth saint for the Little Flower family?

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2015/ 06:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a sister who is a Doctor of the Church and parents set to be canonized in October, Leonia Martin might be the fourth member of her household stated as a saint after her own cause for canonization was recently introduced.

The other day morning, Leonia's cause was officially opened by Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of Bayeux-Lisieux in the chapel of the Visitation Abbey at Caen, France, where Leonia invested the majority of her life and where she died. Mass was celebrated following the cause opening.

The intention to open her cause was initially revealed January 24, according to French daily La Croix. On April 25, a "acknowledgment" of her body was made-- a procedure which included opening her tomb to inspect the state of her remains.

With the opening of her cause, Leonia has actually now received the title "Servant of God" and is on the path toward beatification, the step in the sainthood procedure which precedes canonization.

The July 2 step comes at the conclusion of the preliminary phase of collecting all the historical files associated with her life.

The main opening of her cause signals that Bishop Boulanger has actually gotten the required nihil obstat, the main approval of the Catholic Church from the moral and doctrinal viewpoint given by the Churchgoers for the Causes of the Saints, which since February was still being waited on.

Leonia is the sis of St. Therese of Lisieux and the 3rd little girl of Blessed Louis and Zelia Martin, who are set to be the first couple ever to be canonized at the same event, which will certainly be held Oct. 18 in the Vatican.

The event will occur fewer than three weeks after the Oct. 1 feast of their little girl, and doctor of the Church, St. Therese of the Child Jesus.

In statements made to CNA in February, Carmelite Dad Antonio Sangalli, Leonia's postulator, stated that St. Therese's "hard" sister is on the path towards sainthood is a suggestion that holiness is call for everybody.

"Although she was eliminated 3 times from the convent, she accomplished her objective of becoming a religious, which reveals that if we persist, it is possible to do God's will," he said.

"Leonia's troubles were mostly due to her order's strict policies, which were very challenging to follow in those times. However, this did not lead her to bury the one talent she got which she used fruitfully to fully live out her occupation."

He kept in mind that even before her cause was opened, Leonia was revered for her holiness and that her crypt at the Monastery of the Visitation in Caen is frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the world.

"They pertain to hope. They ask her for favors and they find spiritual assistance in her. Their faith is strengthened by the example of this simple sibling of the Visitation, and lots of letters testify to graces received," the priest said.

Leonia, who took the name Sister Francisca-Teresa, also dealt with physical problems as a youngster.

"She did not have the human qualities of her other sisters, but she understood how to desert herself to God, who calls all of us despite our qualities. Nobody is left out from the call to holiness," Fr. Sangalli stated.

Leonia likewise had a close relationship with St. Therese, and the two commonly exchanged letters. After her saintly sis passed away, Leonia chose to attempt to enter the convent once more, following the "little method" traced out by St. Therese, with trust and desertion to God.

Fr. Sangalli said she eventually was admitted to the convent, which "shows that Therese's teaching is not only suggested for the Carmelites however for everybody-- with the little method, Leonia ended up being a better sister of the Visitation, constantly continuing to be in the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales and St. Frances de Chantal, the founders of the Order of the Visitation."

Leonia died June 17, 1941, at the age of 78 in the abbey where she lived. Her burial place has ended up being a haven for moms and dads worried about raising their kids, who find in her an example and an inspiration.
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