St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales
Posted on 01/23/2018
St. Francis de Sales
Doctor of the Church (1567-1622) 

The Church honors today Saint Francis de Sales whose tone of moderation and balance accounted for much of his appeal.  

The Protestant Reformation evoked a variety of responses on the part of the Catholic Church in its defense.  St. Ignatius and the Society of Jesus, besides missionary work and education, worked to defend the Church with sound responses to the Protestant reformers.  Among the great saints of this period was St. Francis de Sales; he expounded a message of love and moderation that had enormous effect in reestablishing the vitality and credibility of the Catholic church.  

In his famous book An Introduction to the Devout Life, he addressed Christians of any state of life.  The path to holiness, he taught, could be pursued in the world as well as in the cloister.  In whatever state one occupied, nobleman, worker, servant, prince, widow, young girl, wife, the logic of the devout life is the same matter of gradually weaning oneself from sin and enlarging one’s capacity for love and the practice of virtue. “Genuine devotion,” he wrote, “is simply true love of God.”
All Saints, Robert Ellsberg  

Sean Kurtz who attended SJJ 9th, 10th, 11th grade before transferring to Springfield has died from an acute illness. His funeral will be at St Joan of Arc Saturday, January 27th at 10:00 a.m. Sean was friends with many of our students.  Pray for his peaceful transition to his loving God.  Pray for his family, Springfield High School and St. John’s Jesuit High School.  “Let perpetual light shine upon Sean  for You are merciful.  Eternal rest grant unto Sean, O Lord. Indeed for Your faithful, Lord, life is changed not ended, and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven.” Pray today for St. Francis de Sales High School on this day honoring their patron saint.  St. Francis de Sales, pray for us.  St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius, pray for us. 

From the Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales

“A single Our Father said with feeling has greater value than many said quickly and hurriedly.”

“The King of Glory does not reward his servant’s according to the dignity of the offices they hold but according to the love and humility with which they fulfill their offices.”  

“The measure of love, is to love without measure.”

To all who fail to live up to their ideals St. Francis de Sales says, “Alas, my poor heart, here we are, fallen into the pit we were so firmly resolved to avoid! Well, we must get up again and leave it forever.”  

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