St Francis de Sales 1567-1622
by Jeanne McGirr
(Punta Gorda FL USA)
St Francis de Sales was a Doctor of the Catholic Church and is responsible for the foundation of the Salesian Spirituality. One of his famous pieces of literature of the church is "Introduction to the Devout Life" written primarily for lay people.
One of his famous statements is:
"We must do everything for love for it is not by the greatness of our deeds that we please God--but by the love with which we perform them".
Another one of advisement to the lay people:
"Let us be what we are and let us be it well in order to do honor to the Master Workman whose piece of work we are."
There are many books about him and they all state what a gentle and kind teacher he was.