As the years passed, it became evident that the most salient feature of Leonie’s moral character was the virtue of religion. Her love for Holy Mother Church expressed itself in the most profound respect for the representatives of the Church…All ecclesiastics were the object of her veneration and she prayed often for them…
An internet friend sent me a copy of the book God Made the Violet Too, a life of Leonie. Thank you, you know who who are! Very generous!
Ever since reading The Story of a Family, when pregnant with youngest son Anthony, I have been interested in Leonie.
The Story of a Family tells of the Martin family, parents of St Therese. Zelie and Louis Martin will be canonized in October.
Leonie was a difficult child, and struggled with religious life as an adult, entering and leaving and re-entering the convent several times..
I have been called a difficult child ( even a wild child, as an adult!) so I definitely have a soft spot for my namesake.