Tuesday, 22 January 2013

St.Francis de Sales 1567-1622

I am always fascinated by the examples of men and women of God who took to heart the teachings of Jesus and showed in themselves Christ-like qualities - the fruit of the Spirit. One such person was Francis De Sales  who on 23rd January the Anglican Church asks us to remember. This 17th century saint was known for his love of Jesus. He took very seriously the words of Christ, “Learn of me for I am meek and humble of heart.” As he said himself, it took him 20 years to conquer his quick temper, but no one ever suspected he had such a problem. He was always good-natured and kind.

He once wrote: “The person who possesses Christian meekness is affectionate and tender towards everyone: he is disposed to forgive and excuse the frailties of others; the goodness of his heart appears in a sweet affability that influences his words and actions, presents every object to his view in the most charitable and pleasing light.”

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