THE CATHOLIC FEAST
[Bishop And Doctor Of The Church]
Writers, Catholic press, and of the hearing-impaired.
HIS LIFE PROFILE
Saint Francis de Sales was born in his family’s castle at Savoy, France, on August 21, 1567. Because he was born two months early, he was very weak as a baby.
But he grew strong and healthy and was a very obedient and kind little boy.
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.
Bishop Francis de Sales died in Lyons, France, on December 28, 1622. He was fifty–six years old. Pope Innocent X declared Francis a saint in 1665. Because of his heroic dedication to the Church, he was given the special title “Doctor of the Church.”
Grant, Lord, that in the service of our fellow-men
we may always reflect Your own gentleness and love, and so imitate Saint Francis de Sales, whom You made all things to all men for the saving of souls.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES,
PRAY FOR US.