Saint for the Day - January 29 - St. Francis of
Francis was born of
noble and pious parents, near Annecy, 1566, and
studied with brilliant success at Paris and Padua.
On his return from Italy he gave up the grand career
which his father had marked out for him in the
service of the state, and became a priest.
When the Duke of Savoy had resolved to restore the
Church in the Chablais, Francis offered himself for
the work, and set out on foot with his Bible and
breviary and one companion, his cousin Louis of
Sales. It was a work of toil, privation, and danger.
Every door and every heart was closed against him.
He was rejected with insult and threatened with
death. But nothing could daunt or resist him, and
ere long the Church burst forth into a second
spring. It is stated that he converted 72,000
Calvinists. He was then compelled by the Pope to
become Coadjutor Bishop of Geneva, and succeeded to
the see in 1602.
At times the exceeding gentleness with which he
received heretics and sinners almost scandalized his
friends, and one of them said to him, "Francis of
Sales will go to Paradise, of course; but I am not
so sure of the Bishop of Geneva: I am almost afraid
his gentleness will play him a shrewd turn." "Ah,"
said the Saint, "I would rather account to God for
too great gentleness than for too great severity. Is
not God all love? God the Father is the Father of
mercy; God the Son is a Lamb; God the Holy Ghost is
a Dove—that is, gentleness itself. And are you wiser
than God?" In union with St. Jane Frances of Chantal
he founded at Annecy the Order of the Visitation,
which soon spread over Europe.
Though poor, he refused provisions and dignities,
and even the great see of Paris. He died at Avignon,
Saint for the Day - St. Francis of Sales
Read about the Saint for today - January 29 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"You will catch more flies," St.
Francis used to say, "with a
spoonful of honey than with a
hundred barrels of vinegar. Were
there anything better or fairer
on earth than gentleness, Jesus
Christ would have taught it us;
and yet He has given us only two
lessons to learn of Him—meekness
and humility of heart."
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