Marthe Robin and the Foyers of Charity, by Martin Blake, (Theotokos Books, 156 pages, 2010, £7.95)
There seems to be a special sort of mystic through whom God gives abundance - fructifies - multiplies - inseminates -diversifies his works. They are founts, and streams of living water seem to flow from them. And, a mark of Grace, the results are quite disproportionate to the apparent occasion for them.
We had one like that in our own day, Marthe Robin, who died in 1981. And, what is especially startling, the results all stem from a woman bedridden for more than fifty years, mostly paralysed, partially blind, usually unable to sleep or to eat and drink, losing blood through the stigmata… and evidently irrepressibly cheerful.
She is worth learning about. Martin Blake’s book is the way to do it for English speakers: “Marthe Robin and the Foyers of Charity, He has read and studied her life, lived her message, strives to spread the work she is mostly famous for - the Foyers. The book is informative, intelligent, and easy reading.
She seems a prophet for our times. The Church has been led by God for more than a hundred years to enable lay people to fulfil their vocation more specifically. It may be that the Foyers are a privileged way. The best introduction is to read Martin Blake on the life of Marthe.