St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Patron Saint of Forgotten People, Widows, and Parents who are Separated from their Children
Born at Dijon in France in 1572, Jane was very pious and religious from a very young age.
In 1592 she married the Baron de Chantal, who inherited many debts along with his title. Despite the early financial worries, she and her husband were devoted to each other and to their four children.
She restored order in the household, which was on the brink of ruin, and was generous with the little she had by allowing the poor to visit her home for food. Often people who had just received food from her would pretend to leave, go around the house and get back in line for more. When asked why she let them get away with this, she replied, "What if God turned me away when I came back to him again and again with the same request?"
In 1601, the Baron was accidentally killed while hunting. It was said he forgave the man who shot him before he died.
Left a widow with four young children at the age of twenty-eight, Jane took a vow of chastity and begged God to send her a spiritual guide.