Can an example of a French wife save marriages?

New book delivers incredible example of devoted and faithful wife

SAN FRANCISCO — An atheist and anticlerical husband marries a devout Catholic and makes every attempt to detach her from her faith. He thinks he may have succeeded — until he reads her diary after her death and finds out she was a prayerful woman, completely devoted to Jesus and so in love with her husband. What happens next is why millions believe in miracles. The whole story of Élisabeth and Félix Leseur is told in the new book SALT AND LIGHT: THE SPIRITUAL JOURNAL OF ÉLISABETH AND FELIX LESEUR, published by Ignatius Press.

SALT AND LIGHT follows the young couple as they meet, quickly fall in love and marry in the late 1800s in France. They lead a beautiful and intellectually fulfilling life in Paris, full of travel and high society parties. Élisabeth is stricken with a lifelong ailment early in their marriage and, though the couple never had children of their own, they were close with their nieces and nephews. But tragedy struck the couple at every turn as they lost siblings and parents. Suffering was never far from them and Élisabeth. After having been pulled away from her faith by her husband, Élisabeth sought solace in Christ as she returned to Catholicism. Her husband, Félix, never knew of her deep, inner spiritual life until after her death, yet she was loved by all who knew her.

SALT AND LIGHT is written by Bernadette Chovelon, a French author who specializes in the psychology and spirituality of marriage. She has published several spiritual biographies of well-known married couples in Europe.

This biography is an engaging narrative of the Leseurs’ marriage and the transformative power of God’s love and grace in their lives. It also presents a charming picture of upper-middle-class French society at the turn of the last century. The cause for the canonization of Élisabeth Leseur has been opened by the Catholic Church.

“Out of a tumultuous era of French history that feels very relevant to our own times, comes this engaging biography of Élisabeth and Félix Leseur,” said Kendra Tierney, author or The Catholic All Year Compendium. “This book should bring comfort and encouragement to anyone praying for the conversion of a loved one or struggling with ill health or doing both at once!”

For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Mary Dudro, the Catholic spokesperson for the book, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or [email protected]) of Carmel Communications.          

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