Today we honor our Foundress, St Jane de Chantal. While her life is not as well known as our Holy Father Francis de Sales, she was a woman of great love. Living as wife, mother, widow, and religious, she is able to understand the crosses and joys of many states of life.
One of the most remarkable aspects of her holy life was her spiritual darkness which lasted for 42 years and was unknown to all except her spiritual directors (St. Francis de Sales and St. Vincent de Paul). A few of her sisters also received hints of this darkness in her correspondence, but most found her to be a model of joy and peace.
0 sovereign goodness of the sovereign Providence of my God!
I abandon myself forever to Thy arms.
Whether gentle or severe,
lead me henceforth whither Thou wilt;
I will not regard the way through which Thou wilt have me pass,
but keep my eyes fixed upon Thee,
my God, who guidest me.
My soul finds no rest without the arms
and the bosom of this heavenly Providence,
my true Mother, my strength and my rampart.
Therefore I resolve with Thy Divine assistance,
0 my Saviour,
to follow Thy desires and Thy ordinances,
without regarding or examining why Thou dost this rather than that;
but I will blindly follow Thee
according to Thy Divine will,
without seeking my own inclinations.
Hence I am determined to leave all to Thee,
taking no part therein save by keeping myself in peace in Thy arms,
desiring nothing except as Thou incitest me to desire,
to will, to wish.
I offer Thee this desire, 0 my God,
beseeching Thee to bless it;
I undertake all it includes,
relying on Thy goodness,
liberality, and mercy,
with entire confidence in Thee,
distrust of myself,
and knowledge of my infinite misery and infirmity.