St. Francis is one of our better-known saints because of the writings he has left. His calling was unique. He heard God call him saying, “Leave all and follow me.” We have learned much about our faith from St. Francis. He is a doctor of the church. Here are some excerpts to reflect upon not just today but for many days.
Nothing makes us so prosperous in this world as to give alms. – Saint Francis de Sales
It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially. – Saint Francis de Sales
We must fear God out of love, not love Him out of fear. – Saint Francis de Sales
We are not drawn to God by iron chains, but by sweet attractions and holy inspirations. – Saint Francis de Sales
Perfection of life is the perfection of love. For love is the life of the soul. – Saint Francis de Sales
By giving yourself to God, you not only receive Himself in exchange, but eternal life as well. – Saint Francis de Sales
Every moment comes to us pregnant with a command from God, only to pass on and plunge into eternity, there to remain forever what we have made of it. – Saint Francis de Sales
All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be. – Saint Francis de Sales
The virtue of patience is the one which most assures us of perfection. – Saint Francis de Sales
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them. – Saint Francis de Sales
St. Francis de Sales, pray for us.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen