Franciscan Saints

13th December

The Servant of God Jane of Luxembourg

Virgin, Third Order

At about the middle of the fourteenth century there came from the illustrious house of Luxembourg, whose members wore the crowns of kings and emperors, a brother and sister, who were named Peter and Jane, who shone with the radiance of sanctity. Their God-fearing parents had planted the seeds of piety in their souls very early in their young lives.

In true fraternal affection the Countess Jane attached herself to her brother, and he became both teacher and guide on the way of perfection. In their prime both siblings made the vow of perpetual chastity. Peter turned his attention to the priestly state, and Jane resolved to serve her heavenly Bridegroom in the convent. Nothing could make her waver in her resolve, neither the many flattering offers for her hand nor the persuasion of her parents.

On one occasion she attended a sermon in the company of her parents. The preacher used as his text the words of our Lord: "Go sell what you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven" (Mt. 19,21). Jane was so seized with holy longing that right there in public she fell down at the feet of her father, begging him not to withhold his consent any longer, but to permit her to follow her earnest desire.

Her father now gave in. Complying with her wish, he himself took Jane to the convent of the sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis at Monzel, France. There in the presence of her parents and her pious brother she received the holy habit. From that day forward she served God with great fervour in the quiet of seclusion, in prayer, vigils, fasting and work. She became a model to her fellow sisters and a glory to her convent.

Meanwhile her brother had become a priest and archdeacon of Dreux and Chartres. Later he was appointed bishop of Mets, and in the year 1386 he was made a cardinal of Holy Church. Nevertheless her always remained his sisters most trusted friend and spiritual guide, he died shortly after being elevated to the cardinalate, on July 2nd, 1387. Jane had now but a single desire, to leave this earth and to be with Christ. Finally, our Lord heard her fervent prayer and took her to himself in 1404.

Her body was laid to rest in the convent church at Monzel, and the heart of her brother ( who was canonized in 1572 and is known as St. Peter of Luxembourg #Note on St Peter) was buried with her, so that their hearts that were so intimately united during life might not be separated in death.

Prayer of the Church
(No. 9 under "Various Prayers")

O God, the giver of peace and the lover of charity, give to Thy
servants true concord in accordance with Thy will, that we may
be delivered from all the temptations which beset us.
Through this same Christ our Lord who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

Source: Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois
#St. Peter: The details in this more reliable article of the life of St. Peter reveal some errors in the hagiography of Jane of Luxembourg.

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