Saturday, January 29, 2011
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Francis de Sales was the Bishop of Geneva [Above right: his heraldric shield]. He worked to convert Protestants back to Catholicism, and was an accomplished preacher and teacher. Francis was also skilled in spiritual guidance and formation of others. His Introduction to the Devout Life is still a much loved and simple guide for many Christians. His writings on the perfections of the Heart of Mary as the model of love for God influenced St. Jean Eudes to develop the devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.