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Abstract

Louise de Marillac has traditionally been seen as neurotic and dependent on others, particularly Vincent de Paul. Donna Franklin sees Louise as a woman who was interdependent, rather than dependent, a woman who understood the complexity of relationships with other people. Her focus on the humanity of Jesus helped her relate to others with humility, simplicity, charity, and compassion. She knew her strengths and weaknesses and was also profoundly aware that collaboration was essential for successful service.

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