Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

for January 24

Saint Francis de Sales was bishop of Geneva, Switzerland, and is known as a Doctor of the Church. Saint Francis lived a simple life and had a deep love for the poor and the sick. He was well known for his preaching, his writing, and his ministry. His book "Introduction to the Devout Life" is a spiritual classic. This book was unusual for the time, because in it Saint Francis stressed that everyone is called to live a holy life, not just priests and members of religious communities. He was one of the first leaders of the Church to emphasize prayer and the spiritual life to the laity. Saint Francis de Sales's simple approach to prayer and the spiritual life attracted many followers. He also founded several religious congregations, including the Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales, the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, the Salesians of Don Bosco, and the Sisters of Saint Joseph. He became spiritual director for a young widow, Jane Frances de Chantal, and helped her found the Institute of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin for women who felt called to religious life but who did not have the means to join an order. The Church later declared her a saint too. Saint Francis de Sales is known as the patron saint of writers, of the Catholic press, and of the hearing-impaired. His feast day is January 24. (Taken from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.")

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Saint Francis de Sales lived during a difficult time for the Church. He preached love and moderation when the Church was splitting apart. He took his time praying and thinking about decisions before taking any action on them. His bottom line on every decision was love. In one of his writings, Francis reminds us, “A single Our Father said with feeling has greater value than many said quickly and hurriedly.” (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)


Say the Lord’s Prayer (the Our Father) slowly and thoughtfully. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)