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Friday, 29 January 2016

Saint Francis De Sales. Bishop. Confessor. Doctor Of The Church. Feast Day 29 January.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Francis de Sales.
Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of The Church.
Feast Day 29 January.


White Vestments.

English: Saint Francis of Sales
(Saint Francis de Sales).
Francis of Sales from de:Wikipedia
4 March 2005.
Gemälde im Heimsuchungskloster Oberonning, Bayern;
selbst fotografiert, gemeinfrei
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Word Made Flesh makes known to us, by His Teaching, The Mysteries of His Divine Wisdom, and, by His Miracles, His Eternal Love. Saint Francis of Sales, a Doctor of The Church, had a share in the knowledge of The Incarnate Word (Gradual), and, like Him, by his gentle Charity (Collect) worked wonders of conversion.

Sent to "Preach The Word of God to the Calvinists of Chablais, he brought back sixty thousand to The Catholic Faith" (Breviary). Having become The Father of The Church at Geneva and Founder of The Order of The Visitation, he shed over this double family (Communion) the rays of his Apostolic zeal and of his gentle holiness.

"May your light shine before men, so that, seeing your works, they may glorify your Father, Who is in Heaven" (Gospel). It is especially God's Goodness which this Saint revealed. "If we must fall into some excess," Saint Francis of Sales would say, "let it be on the side of gentleness".

"I wish to love him so much, this dear neighbour, I wish to love him so much !  It has pleased God so to make my heart ! Oh !, when shall we be impregnated with gentleness and in Charity towards our neighbour ?"

Saint Francis of Sales died at Lyons in 1622.

Let us remember this Saint's two sayings: "You can catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar." "What is good, makes no noise. Noise does no good."

Mass: In médio.

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