Saint Francis de Sales is known as the Gentleman Saint ~ he tried to live the words of Christ, “Learn of me for I am meek and humble of heart.” He was an advocate, like St. Therese of Lisieux, of doing small things in ordinary life in order to do the work of the God’s Kingdom in our own selves. Through prayer, contemplation, and conversation [mostly in writing] with dear friends he grew to understand himself and others. He recognized his own quick temper, and accepted rebuffs and even humiliation in order to master it. He spent his life trying to conquer it, and did so by counteracting it with good will toward others (especially when they didn’t deserve it). People never suspected he had such a problem ~ they only commented on his good manners and kindness.
Because he wrote so much, there are many beautiful quotes from him which would do us good to contemplate.
Please bring the following to prayer:
Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential,
except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.
Have patience with all things—but first with yourself.
Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile —simply because you exist. What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean of patience.
Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He is your keeper.
He has kept you hitherto.
If you but hold fast to his dear hand, he will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, he will bear you in his arms.
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow.
Our Father will either shield you from suffering, or he will give you strength to bear it.