“What Is Your Will for Me, O God?”

St. Jane de Chantal

“What Is Your Will for Me, O God?”

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“I await your plan. I want to live only for you.” Easy for a saint to say?

Consider the fact that this saint, a passionate woman with strong desires, had to keep revising her understanding of God’s plan for her. Determined to glorify God with her life, she willingly set aside one objective after another until she discovered that only in God’s time and way could her deepest desires be fulfilled.

Would she be a wife and mother? A cloistered nun? A pioneering foundress? Every time she thought she had grasped God’s plan, Jane Frances de Chantal encountered another invitation to surrender.

First Desire: Ordinary Family Life. Born in 1572, Jane grew up in a strong Catholic family at a time when France was torn by Protestant-Catholic warfare. She lost her mother when she was eighteen months old. Over the course of her life, she would also lose her stepmother, her only sister, and…

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