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Thought for the Day – 12 August – The Memorial of St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)

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!

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Quote/s of the Day – 12 August – The Memorial of St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)

Quote/s of the Day – 12 August – The Memorial of St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)

“Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to Him.
That is all the doing you have to worry about.”

hold your eyes on god - st jane de chantal

“We should go to prayer with deep humility
and an awareness of our nothingness.
We must invoke the help of the Holy Spirit
and that of our good angel
and then remain still in God’s presence,
full of faith, that He is more in us than we are in ourselves.”

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“With God there is no need for long speeches.
In heaven the angels utter no other word than this: “HOLY.”
This is their entire prayer and in paradise they are occupied
with this single word as an act of homage,
to the single Word of God, who lives eternally….
In prayer, more is accomplished by listening than by talking.”

St Jane Frances de Chantal

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“She was full of faith and yet all her life long,
she had been tormented by thoughts against it.
Nor did she once relax in the fidelity God asked of her.
And so I regard her as one of the holiest souls
I have ever met on this earth.”

St Vincent de Paul

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Saint of the Day – 12 August – St Jane Frances de Chantal VHM (1572-1641)

Saint of the Day – 12 August – St Jane Frances de Chantal VHM (1572-1641) – Mother, Widow, Foundress – born on 28 January 1572 at Dijon, Burgundy, France and died on  13 December 1641 at the Visitationist Convent, Moulins, France of natural causes.   Her relic sreside  at Annecy, Savoy    She was Beatified on 21 November 1751 by Pope Benedict XIV and Canonised on 16 July 1767 by Pope Clement XIII.   Patronages – against in-law problems, against the death of parents, forgotten people, parents separated from children, widows.


Jane Frances de Chantal was born in Dijon, France, on 28 January 1572, the daughter of the royalist president of the Parliament of Burgundy.   Her mother died when Jane was 18 months old.   Her father became the main influence on her education.   She developed into a woman of beauty and refinement, lively and cheerful in temperament.   She married the Baron de Chantal when she was 21 and then lived in the feudal castle of Bourbilly.   Baron de Chantal was accidentally killed by an arquebus while out shooting in 1601.   Left a widow at 28, with four children, the broken-hearted baroness took a vow of chastity.   Her mother, step mother, sister, first two children and now her husband had died.   Chantal gained a reputation as an excellent manager of the estates of her husband, as well as of her difficult father-in-law, while also providing alms and nursing care to needy neighbours.

During Lent in 1604, the pious baroness met Saint Francis de Sales, the bishop of Geneva who was preaching at the Sainte Chapelle in Dijon.   They became close friends and de Sales became her spiritual director.   She wanted to become a nun but he persuaded her to defer this decision.   Later, with his support, and that of her father and brother (the Archbishop of Bourges) and, after providing for her children, Chantal left for Annecy, to start the Congregation of the Visitation.   The Congregation of the Visitation was canonically established at Annecy on Trinity Sunday, 6 June 1610.   The order accepted women who were rejected by other orders because of poor health or age.   During its first eight years, the new order also was unusual in its public outreach, in contrast to most female religious who remained cloistered and adopted strict ascetic practices.   The usual opposition to women in active ministry arose and Francis de Sales was obliged to make it a cloistered community following the Rule of St Augustine.   When people criticised her for accepting women of poor health and old age, Chantal famously said, “What do you want me to do?   I like sick people myself, I’m on their side.”st jane frances de chantal


Her reputation for sanctity and sound management resulted in many visits by (and donations from) aristocratic women.   The order had 13 houses by the time de Sales died, and 86 before Chantal herself died at the Visitation Convent in Moulins, aged 69.   St. Vincent de Paul served as her spiritual director after de Sales’ death.   Her favourite devotions involved the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary.   Chantal was buried in the Annecy convent next to de Sales.   The order had 164 houses by 1767, when she was canonised.   Chantal outlived her son (who died fighting Huguenots and English on the Île de Ré during the century’s religious wars) and two of her three daughters but left extensive correspondence.   Her granddaughter also became a famous writer, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné.

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One Minute Reflection – 12 August

One Minute Reflection – 12 August

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me…”…Matthew 16:24

REFLECTION – “These words are the foundation of all Christian and religious perfection.
To deny self is to renounce to all, the will of the flesh:
all our inclinations, desires, pleasures, satisfactions, softness, tastes, humour, preferences, habits, susceptibility, aversions and repugnance to rough things;
in other words, to renounce in all and for all, our perverse self.”…St Jane de Chantal

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PRAYER – Lord, You chose St Jane Frances to serve You, both in marriage and in religious life. By her prayers help us to be faithful in our vocation and always to work against our perverse inclinations. Only in You and with You and through You may we attain perfection. Lead us Lord! We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. St Jane de Chantal, pray for us, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 12 August

Our Morning Offering – 12 August

Prayer of Saint Jane de Chantal (1572-1641)

O Holy Mother of the children of God!
When shall I rest in your immortal arms?
Our souls should be wholly consumed by this desire.
But I will restrain myself and peacefully await the hour
which the divine Saviour has destined for me,
to overwhelm me with that bliss.
In the meantime let us have only one desire,
to please Him by doing His holy will in all things.
What God wishes for us, let it be done:
we are His for time and eternity. Amen

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Memorials of the Saints – 12 August

St Jeanne de Chantal/Jane Frances (Optional Memorial)

St Anicetus of Marmora
St Antôn Nguyen Ðích
Bl Charles Meehan
St Discolio of Vercelli
St Euplus of Catania
St Eusebius of Milan
St Felicissima the Blind
St Giacobe do Mai Nam
St Gracilian
St Herculanus of Brescia
Bl Pope Innocent XI
St Jambert of Canterbury
Bl Józef Stepniak
Bl Józef Straszewski
St Julian of Syria
Bl Karl Leisner
St Macarius of Syria
St Merewenna
St Micae Nguyen Huy My
St Murtagh of Killala
St Photinus of Marmora
Bl Pierre Jarrige de la Morélie de Puyredon
St Porcarius of Lerins
St Simplicio of Vercelli
St Ust

Martyrs of Augsburg – 4 saints: The mother, Hilaria, and three friends of of Saint Afra of Augsburg. While visiting the tomb of Saint Afra who were seized by the authorities and martyred when they visited Afra’s tomb – Digna, Eunomia, Euprepia and Hilaria. They were burned alive c 304.

Martyrs of Rome – 5 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know little more than their names – Crescentian, Juliana, Largio, Nimmia and Quiriacus.
• c.304 in Rome, Italy
• buried on the Ostian Way outside Rome.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Martyrs of Barbastro – 6 beati: Six Claretian brothers and priests who were martyred together in the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War.
• Gregorio Chirivas Lacamba
• José Pavón Bueno
• Nicasio Sierra Ucar
• Pere Cunill Padrós
• Sebastián Calvo Martínez
• Wenceslau Clarís Vilaregut
They were martyred on 12 August 1936 in Barbastro, Huesca, Spain and Beatified on 25 October 1992 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of La Torre de Fontaubella – 4 beati: Four parish priests who were murdered together in the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War.
• Antoni Nogués Martí
• Joan Rofes Sancho
• Josep Maria Sancho Toda
• Ramon Martí Amenós
They were martyred on 12 August 1936 in La Torre de Fontaubella, Tarragona, Spain and Beatified on 13 October 2013 by Pope Francis. Their beatification celebrated in Tarragona, Spain.

Martyrs of Puerta de Hierro – 5 beati: Five nun in the Archdiocese of Madrid, Spain, all members of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, and all martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Estefanía Saldaña Mayoral
• María Asunción Mayoral Peña
• María Dolores Barroso Villaseñor
• María Severina Díaz-Pardo Gauna
• Melchora Adoración Cortés Bueno
They were martyred on 12 August 1936 in Puerta de Hierro, Aravaca, Madrid, Spain and Beatified on
27 October 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Bl Antoni Perulles Estivill
Bl Atilano Dionisio Argüeso González
Bl Buenaventura García-Paredes Pallasá
Bl Carles Barrufet Tost
Bl Domingo Sánchez Lázaro
Bl Enrique María Gómez Jiménez
Bl Félix Pérez Portela
Bl Gabriel Albiol Plou
Bl José Jordán Blecua
Bl Josep Nadal Guiu
Bl Juana Pérez Abascal
Bl Manuel Basulto Jiménez
Bl Manuel Borràs Ferré
Bl Miquel Domingo Cendra
Bl Pau Figuerola Rovira
Pedro José Cano Cebrían
Ramona Cao Fernández