Thought for the Day – 12 August – The Memorial of St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal left behind a legacy of service, suffering, meekness and obedience. She was willing to soften herself, giving up control of her life to the Lord and following the direction given to her. Not without loss and sacrifice, her life was difficult—all of which she embraced with patience and joy. When the daily struggles of our lives become too great, we might think of the message of St Jane Frances: “You want to be humble? Try to know yourself well; desire for others to know you as imperfect; love contempt, in all its forms and in any which way it may come. Don’t hide your defects; let them be known, accepting with love the abjection that will come by them. Never let your heart to be weakened because of a fault committed. Distrust self and trust only and continuously in God, persuaded that not able to do anything by yourselves, you can do all with His grace and powerful help.”
St Jane de Chantal – pray for us!