The film "Leonie!" about the sister of St. Thérèse of Lisieux is now available on DVD

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 The film "Leonie!," a feature film about the life of Léonie Martin, the sister of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, is now available for purchase as a DVD.  This 90-minute feature film was produced by Holy Trinity Productionsin Michigan as a labor of love.  It was filmed in the Midwest, and the scenes at the Visitation were shot in the Visitation Monastery of Toledo.  The energy of the young American actresses and actors may appeal particularly to children and young people.  "Leonie!" is not a documentary; it does not explore in depth Léonie's spirituality or her correspondence with Thérèse.  This film depicts with care the events of Léonie's life: her unhappy childhood, her three unsuccessful attempts at religious life, and her life at the Monastery of the Visitation of Caen, where she entered definitively in 1899 and died in 1941; her testimony at the inquiries for her sister's cause, and her reunion with her three Carmelite sisters when she testified at Lisieux for Therese's canonization. It enacts many amusing incidents from her life in the Visitation community at Caen.

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Léonie was one of the first disciples of Thérèse's way of confidence and love.  A nun of the Visitation at Caen told me in 2008 that Léonie's superior, whom she knew, reported that Léonie was always so happy and at peace that it was almost impossible to believe that her early life had been so hard.  Léonie is very much loved by many people; her monastery receives many letters recounting the graces she obtains from God for those who seek her intercession.  She appeals especially to those who have been deeply wounded, to special children and their parents, and to those who, like her, struggle to find their place in the world.  Many pilgrims visit Caen to pray at her tomb.  I hope that the long-awaited distribution of the film Leonie! will stimulate viewers to learn more about Léonie's life and spirituality.  Note of February 8, 2015: the book Leonie Martin: A Difficult Life is now available as an e-book!  Click here to purchase  it).