Today is also the Optional Memoria of St Jane Frances de Chantal, co-founder with St Francis de Sales of the Visitation Order.

Wife, mother, widow, and religious, she has proved to be an inspiration to many. Her way of prayer has also drawn many to God: a ‘simple regard’ or simple entrustment, an interior attentiveness to the presence of God.

She said: ‘When the time comes to present ourselves before His divine Goodness to speak to Him face to face, which is what we call prayer, simply the presence of our spirit before His and His before ours forms prayer whether or not we have fine thoughts or feelings…. He is touched with the prayer of a soul so simple, humble and surrendered to His will’.

May St Jane Frances teach us the ways of prayer, praying for us as we go, and may God bless you this day.