How’s that for an early start to life!
The French mystic, Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart first showed interest in the religious life at age five, but at sixteen, her family arranged for her betrothal. After converting her husband yet suffering through their marriage, a mere four years later, she was widowed.
In response to God’s call, she soon took on a new spouse: Christ. A sister at the Monastery of the Visitation at Bourg, Sister Marie talked about what she called her “vocation within a vocation”.