O God, in the midst of the royal court you
strengthened Blessed Jane with purity
of heart. By her
prayers may your faithful turn from the things of earth and seek
the things of heaven.

Blessed Jane (1452-1490) was the daughter of King
Alphonse of Portugal who entered a Dominican convent who lived with openness to
God’s invitation to a life of purity of heart. She was a capable rule of her
father’s kingdom; because the continuation of her family’s rule of Portugal was
questionable because of her brother’s poor health, Jane didn’t take vows as a
Dominican nun until a prudent decision could be made to secure the dynasty.
Until her profession of vows she lived at a convent of nuns according to their
rule and doing works of charity with her money.