Educated by her older brother who became a priest, she founded the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on November 21, 1800. She opened more than one hundred house and schools.
Eight years before she founded this order, laws were passed in France that suppressed religious orders. Not long passed before a solid reaction set in, and today’s saint played a huge role in bringing about what is called the “second spring.” More information about this order is on the New Advent Website.
Madeline once said about their retreats and way of life: “If the world knew our happiness, it would, out of sheer envy, invade our retreats, and the times of the fathers of the Desert would return when the solitudes were more populous than the cities.”
She also said this, which I really like: “Too much work is a danger for an imperfect soul, but for one who loves the Lord, it is an abundant harvest.”
Madeline worked hard, but she didn’t stop because she got “burned out.” Rather, she had a love for our Lord that made her want to not stop working.
Let’s pray that we can obtain that kind of attitude and passion, so that perhaps we can bring about more springs!