Sad story of St Joan of Valois.
ABOUT ST JOAN OF VALOIS – “I AM UGLY IN BODY BUT I WANT A BEAUTIFUL SOUL”
Today, July 15, 2012, 59 minutes ago | prayers4reparation
King Louis XI King of France had a daughter called Joan who was deformed and he treated her horribly because of it.
He was ashamed that she should be seen in public and so kept her in a secluded part of his palace.
This unhappy princess had an angelic heart that knew how to imitate the Heart of Jesus, she always said, “I am ugly in body but I want a beautiful soul.”
It happened that for reasons of state, her father made her marry Louis, duke of Orleans. Her husband also hated her unmercifully, he treated her badly and accused her of many things, while she, ever devoted to the Heart of Jesus, said, “It does not matter, I am ugly in body but I want a beautiful soul.”
She became ever more determined to live a holy and saintly life.
Her father died and so her husband ascended to the throne as Louis XII. Having become king, he was even more ashamed of having an ugly and deformed queen, he trampled on every law, both human and divine and repudiated her, in order to marry another woman called Anne of Burgundy, and obliged Joan to be present at that illegal wedding.
She bore it all for love of the Sacred Heart, saying, “It does not matter, I am ugly in body but I want a beautiful soul.”
With cruelty and pride, the new queen threw her out of the palace, so she began a private life of penance and good works, she founded a religious order of nuns. She gave up her earthly throne with pleasure, in exchange for a most high and glorious heavenly one, she is Saint Joan of Valois.
- Mons. N. Tafuri
“St Joan of Valois, pray for us.”
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