Feast: January 24

Francis of Sales was a French Catholic priest who cultivated the more personal Salesian style of spirituality; he was later made patron saint for writers.

These are his best quotes:

1-Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

2-Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.

3-Those who love to be feared fear to be loved.

4-We must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.

5-What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean of patience.

6-Don’t get upset with your imperfections. It’s a great mistake because it leads nowhere – to get angry because you are angry, upset at being upset, depressed at being depressed, disappointed because you are disappointed. So don’t fool yourself. Simply surrender to the Power of God’s Love, which is always greater than our weakness.

7-You can attract more bees with a spoonful of sugar than a cupful of vinegar.
8-Doing little things with a strong desire to please God makes them really great

9-When any evil happens to you, apply whatever remedies you can and do this in a way agreeable to God, since to do otherwise is to tempt God. Having done this, wait with resignation for the results it may please God to send. If it is his will that the remedies overcome the evil, then humbly return he thanks. If it is his will that the evils overcome the remedies, then bless him with patience.

10-Through devotion, your family cares become more peaceful, mutual love between husband and wife becomes more sincere, the service we owe to the prince more faithful, and our work, no matter what it is, becomes more pleasant and agreeable.


St. Francis of Sales, born in Châteaux de Sales, Savoy, France, on August 21, 1567, worked in law before becoming a Roman Catholic priest. He was a missionary in the Chablais region and co-founded the Visitation of Holy Mary order with Jane Frances de Chantal. He also wrote Introduction to a Devout Life and in the 20th century was declared a saint for writers. Francis died on December 28, 1622.



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