Focus On...Pat Enk's Holy Face Blog
The spiritual beauty of God is reflected most perfectly in the woman He created to be His Mother. No stain of sin would mar the beauty of His reflection in her soul. Never for one instant would she be under the power of the devil. “The Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin.” (Dogma of the Immaculate Conception) Mary herself proclaims, “My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:47)
St. Therese and her family were some of the first to become members of the Confraternity of the Holy Face.
Here's and interesting note:
In 1885, a French father and his four daughters were among the first to join the Confraternity. The father's name was Mr. Louis Martin (now a Saint.) One of his daughters was name Marie Therese Martin, who came to be Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face.
Thus, even before Saint Therese entered the Carmelite convent, she was already a member of the Confraternity of the Holy Face. This probably explains why she chose the Holy Face of Jesus as part of her name, and also why she composed prayers in reparation to the Holy Face. It is said that the names of the Martin family can still be seen in the Confraternity entry-book.
"By my Holy face you will work miracles."
-Promise of Our Lord, 1845