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Saints Zélie and Louis Martin – Exclusive Restored Photo – Catholic Gift

Saints Zélie and Louis Martin – Exclusive Restored Photo – Catholic Gift

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Saints Zélie and Louis Martin
Exclusive Restored Photograph

Canonized in 2015, Zélie and Louis Martin are the first Catholic couple to be declared Saints as a couple. Before they met each other, both of them had wanted to enter religious life but were unable to do so. They were married in 1858 and had nine children, of which 5 survived to adulthood. All five entered the religious life as nuns, including the youngest daughter, Therese, i.e., St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

Zelie was a professional lace maker. Presumably that's her handiwork she's wearing in the picture. She died from breast cancer in 1877, when Therese was four. Louis was a watch-maker who managed Zelie's lace business. After Zelie's death, he moved the family to Lisieux to be near his brother and sister-in-law, who helped raise the five daughters.

When Zelie had been turned down by the convent for health reasons, she prayed to God that someday she would marry and have many children, and that they would all be consecrated to God. The couple is noted for their love and faith, their devotion to God, and their exemplary role as parents. Their Feast Day is July 12. They are a help to families, parents, and children.

The famous original photo was an amalgam of two separate photos incorporated many decades ago. We have carefully restored and unified this photo. This is an exclusive restoration, and we hope it provides a vividness that brings you closer to these Saints, and thus closer to Jesus.

-Archival-quality print. Printed with archival pigments designed to last for generations when kept dry and out of the direct sun.

!!!IMPORTANT !!! We leave about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture, so the print is smaller than the paper.

-8.5 x 11 acid-free paper. Image is smaller!!
-Cardboard backer.
-Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag
-Comes with the above story of the image.

Standard size. Easy to find a ready-made frame at your local Hobby Lobby.

You may also be interested in original Catholic art and jewelry by me, Sue Kouma Johnson-especially the several paintings I've done of St. Thérèse-here on Etsy at

Also, check out our Catholic Quote site, complete with art!

Sue & John
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