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1. Zelie Zelie was an absolutely ordinary mother. She was a housewife and seamstress in an ordinary family with a lovingly uneventful marriage, but her holiness shows the value of faith in everyday life and in the day-to-day vocation of parenting. The simple, ordinary love of a mother matters. In fact, it is the most powerful force in the whole world, as proven by the fact that two of Zelie’s children grew up to become saints themselves, one of whom, St. Therese (the Little Flower), is perhaps the most beloved saint of our time. Her best parenting tip: Love your children, take care of them, teach them about God, and see what God can do with them!

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