“Must you continue to be your own cross? No matter which way God leads you; you change everything into bitterness by constantly brooding over everything. For the love of God, replace all this self-scrutiny with a pure and simple glance at God’s goodness.” –St. Jane Frances de Chantal
This Friday, August 12th is the feast of St. Jane Frances de Chantal. For any who struggle with depression and anxiety, this Saint can provide much encouragement and companionship, and motherly chiding at times!
Her words above were to another but certainly came from her experience of herself during the years following her husband’s sudden accidental death. Among other things, she suffered depression and anxiety, and these thorns continued well into her time as a religious even with St. Francis de Sales as her spiritual director. Yet, in spite of perpetually struggling with these things or should we say because of struggling with them in faith, she developed a serenity and compassion unsurpassed by most.
Meditate on her wise words above and make use of the resources I have provided. The three books listed are ones I’ve read and prayed with. Suffice to say she is one Saint I hold near and dear.
St. Jane Frances de Chantal, pray for us!
St. Chantal on Prayer. Daughters of St. Paul, Boston, Massachusetts, 1968
A Simple Life: Wisdom from Jane Frances de Chantal. Edited by Kathryn Hermes, FSP. Pauline Books & Media, 2011
Francis de Sales, Jane de Chantal: Letters of Spiritual Direction. Paulist Press, 1988
Picture by Johanna Franzisk , public domain, retrieved on Wikimedia commons.