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In Her Footsteps We have been told the secret of happiness is finding: finding yourself, finding love, finding the right job.
Jane believed the secret of happiness was in "losing," that we should "throw ourselves into God as a little drop of water into the sea, and lose ourselves indeed in the Ocean of the divine goodness." She advised a man who wrote to her about all the afflictions he suffered "to lose all these things in God.
One way Jane shared her blessings was by giving bread and soup personally to the poor who came to her door.
Often people who had just received food from her would pretend to leave, go around the house and get back in line for more.
Jane no sooner arrived at her new home then she discovered she might lose it.
Her husband, Christophe, had not only inherited the title of baron but enormous debts as well.
These troubles opened her heart to her longing for God and she sought God in prayer and a deepening spiritual life.
Her commitment to God impressed Saint Francis de Sales, the bishop who became her director and best friend.
" Her happiness was shattered when Christophe was killed in a hunting accident.
She was a prolific reader, and read everything from the Bible ...
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But Jane had not come to the marriage empty-handed.
She brought with her a deep faith instilled by her father who made daily religious discussion fun, allowing the children to talk about anything -- even controversial topics.
Before he died, her husband forgave the man who shot him, saying to the man, "Don't commit the sin of hating yourself when you have done nothing wrong." The heartbroken Jane, however, had to struggle with forgiveness for a long time.