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Abstract

This article continues the one that immediately precedes it in this issue. It traces the development of Louise de Marillac’s spirituality just before, during, and after the establishment of the Daughters of Charity. Anxiety over her son was the last major obstacle to the tranquility she needed to begin the Company. By 1633, she could devote herself to the spiritual formation of the Daughters and to foster the love they had for each other, which in turn was to be motivated by the love that Christ crucified had for the poor. All other relationships were to be put aside in the face of that love. The article then explains how “Louise’s prayers and meditations followed the rhythm of the liturgical year.” Topics include the three essential virtues of the Daughters (humility, simplicity, and love), the Company’s relationship to Mary and Louise’s contemplation about her, the redemption, and God’s will, among others.

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