A heart with much love to give.” This short quote says a lot about the life of Amélie Ozanam, née Soulacroix, recounted here by Matthieu Brejon de Lavergnée. Lively, joyful, artistic, and charming with keen human insights; at the age of 20, she married Frédéric Ozanam, professor at the Sorbonne, pioneer of Catholic social teachings and primary founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.
Her tender and soothing love, her attention to others, her deep and generous faith, her interest in the political, social, and religious debates of her time profoundly influenced the character as well as the thought of her husband, to whom she remained faithful beyond death.
This detailed biography is accompanied by letters from Amélie Ozanam, many of which are previously unpublished. They allow us to discover a woman who, by describing with simplicity and frankness her inner thoughts, and the joys and sorrows of her daily life, still touches us today.