Marthe Robin

Venerable
Marthe Robin
T.O.S.F.
Mystic
Born(1902-03-13)13 March 1902
Châteauneuf-de-Galaure, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Died6 February 1981(1981-02-06) (aged 78)
Châteauneuf-de-Galaure, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church

Venerable Marthe Robin (13 March 1902 in Châteauneuf-de-Galaure – 6 February 1981) was a French Roman Catholic mystic and stigmatist[1][2] and foundress of the Foyers de Charité. She became bedridden when she was 21 years old, and remained so until her death.[3] According to witnesses she ate nothing for many years apart from receiving Holy Eucharist.[4]

A file of documents supporting her beatification was submitted to the diocesan authorities in 1987, and transmitted to the Vatican in 1996.[5] On 6 May 2010 a "Positio" was signed in Rome by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. This file was made up of all the documents that support Robin's reputation for holiness. It culminated in her recognition for heroic virtues on 7 November 2014.[6]

Early life and education

The Robin family's farm.

Marthe Robin was born into a peasant farming family on 13 March 1902 in Châteauneuf-de-Galaure (Drôme, France),[7] in a hamlet called Les Moillés, which was locally known as "La Plaine". She was the sixth and last child of Joseph-Michel Robin and Amélie-Célestine Robin (née Chosson). She attended to the Châteauneuf-de-Galaure primary school, and stayed there until she was thirteen. She never took her end of primary school exams. She helped out on the family farm and participated in village life. Her personality is described by some witness as being "a happy young girl, open to the future, helpful, and sometimes mischievous...".[8] In spite of the fact that her parents were non-practicing Catholics,[9] Marthe was drawn to prayer at an early age. She said: "J'ai toujours énormément aimé le Bon Dieu comme petite fille… J'ai toujours énormément prié dans ma vie" ("I always really loved God when I was a little girl. I have always prayed throughout my life").[10]

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