The Word Among Us

October 2019 Issue

A Heart United with God

St. Jane de Chantal’s quest for spiritual freedom.

By: Jill A. Boughton

A Heart United with God: St. Jane de Chantal’s quest for spiritual freedom. by Jill A. Boughton

Jane de Chantal was at the lowest point in her life. Widowed at age twenty-nine, she faced caring for four small children alone. The hunting accident that had claimed the life of her husband, Christopher, left her with a large estate to administer and the future of her family to worry about. There were other burdens: a controlling father-in-law, social pressure to remarry, and her own paralyzing grief. Jane desperately wanted to flee France altogether to join a convent, but with so many dependents, this was out of the question.

Yet it is remarkable that during this low point in Jane’s life, she began to discover greater spiritual freedom. Despite how negative her...

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