Wednesday’s Woman: Blessed Agnes of Jesus (Agnes Galand)

by Melanie on October 18, 2017

in Catholicism, Nonfiction, Saints, Spirituality, Wednesday's Woman

The Basics: Born November 17, 1602, in France; died October 19, 1634, in France; beatified November 20, 1994; feast day, October 19. Woman religious; mystic.

The Story: One of seven children, Agnes became a Dominican sister in 1623. She served as mistress of novices, then became prioress of her monastery, St. Catherine of Siena at Langeac. She was removed for a time, but later was reinstated.

But it is her spiritual rather than her administrative life that we remember. Agnes was blessed by mystical visits starting at an early age. It is said that after a visit with Mary and Jesus when she was seven, she began wearing an iron chain to remind herself that she was a slave to them. She also had encounters with her guardian angel… and with the devil on at least one occasion.

In one vision, Jesus and Mary asked her to pray for a priest whose identity was not made known to her. Three years later, shortly before her death, she met Monsignor Jean-Jacques Olier and realized he was the priest. (He had been told an unknown nun was praying for him.) He went on to found the Society of the Priests of Saint-Sulprice, which focuses on the formation of priests.

Agnes’s Wisdom: “All that You want.” (Agnes’ offering of herself to the Lord.)

What We Can Learn from Agnes: Is there a bracelet, medallion, or other article you can wear daily to remind yourself you are a beloved daughter?

To Learn More About Agnes: Check out the Mystic Path’s biography of this lovely woman.

To Learn More About Other Women Saints and Blesseds: Come back next week, or consider buying my book, Sisterhood of Saints: Daily Guidance and Inspiration.

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