“Which religious house should Marie-Louise enter to realize her religious vocation? Challenged one day by Marie-Louise, Father de Montfort gazes for a long time at this young woman who does not wish to postpone her gift to God. Smiling and in an offhand manner, he says the words in such a way as to put no constraint on her nor violate her liberty: “Well, then, go and live in the hospital.” At that point, Marie Louise does not attach much importance to the remark, for it seems unthinkable.
But when she goes home, the real meaning of the words dawns on her and takes hold of her. She understands all that Montfort has intended by this invitation. The more she thinks about it, the more she is persuaded that God has made known his will to her, and a great peace descends on her spirit regarding her vocation. Without delay, she goes off to find Father de Montfort at the hospital:
“I have thought for several days about what you said to me. I want to come to live among the poor.” But the response of the hospital administrators that the Bishop passes on to her is negative: they already have too many governesses, and do not want one more! Without turning a hair, she answers the Bishop: “Monsignor, these gentlemen are not prepared to accept me as a governess; perhaps they will not refuse to admit me as one of the poor.” Now this answer gives the Bishop a clear indication of the stature of the young woman before him. So without further objection, he writes a letter requesting the administrators of the hospital to accept her. Their surprise is extreme. So they try to disguise the entrance of Marie Louise as a matter of convenience: they create a prestigious post especially for her—a sort of sub-superiorship.
But Father de Montfort has other plans for her: he demands that she come to live in his small community of Wisdom, and when the head of the hospital asks that she be made at least the superior of the group, he replies with firmness and to her astonishment.
“Oh, no, Madame, first she must learn to obey.” So Marie-Louise enters tranquilly into the little group of the “Daughters of Wisdom”, and follows the rule, point by point, exactly as they do. Having refused the oft-repeated requests of the Superior to eat with the governesses, she eats willingly and with all the hearty appetite of a nineteen year-old the black bread and soup of the poor.
Every morning, with the permission of Father de Montfort, she receives the Eucharist; her face shining with serenity, for all the uncertainty of the past long months has now been resolved.” (In The Footsteps of Montfort, Animation Tool 2015-2016)