Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, detail: Louise de Merrilac. She was the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman, who claimed her without naming her an heir, but arranging for her to marry. Her husband got sick, and Louise, an active laywoman, vowed not to marry again if her husband died, and received a vision that she would meet a new spiritual director, whose face she was shown. He was St. Vincent de Paul, and together they founded the Daughters of Charity, an order of nuns committed to active ministry with the poor. At her death they had 40 houses throughout France; now they’re active all over the world.