Fortitude within labor

The whole inferior part of my being is frequently in revolt; and this causes me much distress. I can but bear with it, knowing that through patience I shall possess my soul. Moreover, I have an ever increasing weariness of my charge, for I cannot endure the labor it entails, and I am obliged to force myself to do the necessary work which is wearisome to both mind and body. No matter how I am occupied my imagination gives me a good deal of trouble, and it all makes me sick at heart. Our Lord permits me besides to have many exterior difficulties, so that nothing in life gives me pleasure save only the will of God…. –St Jane Francis de Chantal

St Jane Frances de Chantal

St Jane Francis de Chantal


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