"As soon as she returned home Zélie began her work. She found her lace-making compatible with motherhood, as it did not take her out of her home. She had about fifteen women working for her and every Thursday they came to bring their work and collect the cotton and their instructions for the next week. Zélie assembled the pieces which they brought to her. She always had time for her children, writing to the two eldest frequently, recounting all the little details of life at home."
The above excerpt is from a biographical blog* on the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Zelie and Louis Martin. The description of a day in the life of Zelie reveals that she must have understood the need to be in the home tending to her family, but not to the exclusion of developing her talents both for financial and personal growth. By the grace of God, she was apparently able to perform her vocation as a mother while, at the same time, undertake an art which was beneficial to all.
As Catholic artists, we are called to do the same...perform the duties of our vocation while employing the talents given to us by God to enhance our lives and the lives of those around us.
Rhonda at Lady in Blue on Etsy writes in her profile "I am an artist/designer/traditional Catholic mom of 3. When I'm not chasing after the kids, I'm painting, sewing, baking or somehow creating." Ah, she sounds a bit like Zelie, no? And she has something else in common with Zelie. She works with lace and makes these beautiful chapel veils.