Today we celebrate the liturgical feast of Jeanne de Chantal. In this year we also remember that she was born 450 years ago on the 28th of January 1572. Jeanne her life is linked to the figure of Francis de Sales, her director and spiritual guide, of whom she was a follower and at the same time inspirer and collaborator. With the help of Francis de Sales, she gave life to a new foundation dedicated to the Visitation, the love for God and the assistance of the poor and the sick.

(Photo credits: Claude Mellan, Sainte Jeanne Frémiot de Chantal, around 1641, Metropolitan Museum for Art, New York, USA)