Today January 24 is Saint François de Sales
feast day and he was from the French Alps, my own corner of the world!
He was a priest, a bishop, a Doctor of the Church; author of many books
on the Interior life and how to grow in the love of God and love of neighbor;
he was known for his gentleness and patience towards all, for his efforts
at dialog and diplomacy when seeking the conversion of protestants, he handwrote
his sermons on pieces of paper and slip them under their doors and it is
said that he brought back more than 40,000 people into the fold of the Church,
he is the patron Saint of teachers and students, of writers and journalisfts. All around the world, there are many schools (to this day!), which are offering a Catholic education based on his profound insights and strong pedagogical instructions.
Saint François de Sales, priez pour nous!