Saint Francis de Sales

Saint Francis de Sales
1567
1622

French Roman Catholic Bishop of Geneva, Opponent of Calvinism, known for his writings on spiritual direction and spiritual formation including "Introduction to the Devout Life" and "Treatise on the Love of God"

Author Quotes

All the good we do, we do for love of God, and the evil we avoid, we avoid for love of God.

How is it possible to have a heart and not love with infinite goodness?

Not only do we have to accept that God wounds us, but we have to accept to be wounded where He desires; we have to let God choose, because it is His right.

The saints feel that Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is diffuse and communicated totally in their souls and bodies. He repairs all, modifies and vivifies; loves in the heart, hears in the mind, sees in the eyes, speaks in the tongue; does all in all, and then it is not we who live, but Jesus Christ who lives in us.

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so you learn to love God and man by loving. Begin as a mere apprentice and the very power of love will lead you on to become a master of the art.

And nothing as tender as true strength.

Humility perfects us in what concerns God, and meekness in what concerns our neighbor.

Nothing else purifies the intellect of ignorance and the will of depraved affections better than prayer.

The soul cannot live without love. All depends on providing a worthy object to love.

Complacency is an awareness of the heart; love is the action.

I wanted to love not knowing what to love. I have found he who my soul searched for!

Nothing is more like a wise man than a fool who holds his tongue.

The true and solid devotion consists in the constant will, resolve, promptness and activeness to execute what is pleasing to God.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings. [Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father who cares for you today, will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering, or he will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations. ]

If we say a little it is easy to add, but having said too much it is hard to withdraw and never can it be done so quickly as to hinder the harm of our success.

Oh, eternal love! My soul requires you and chooses you eternally.

There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love -- every man works his oar voluntarily!

Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

If your eye is simple all of your body will be too.

Oh, to love or to die; or to die or to love.

There is nothing as strong as tenderness,

Do not wish to be anything except what you are.

If, when stung by slander or ill-nature, we wax proud and swell with anger, it is a proof that our gentleness and humility are unreal, and mere artificial show.

Prayer, united with the Divine Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, has an indescribable force; therefore by this means celestial favors united to the Beloved abound in the soul.

There is nothing small in the service of God.

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First Name
Saint Francis de Sales
Birth Date
1567
Death Date
1622
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French Roman Catholic Bishop of Geneva, Opponent of Calvinism, known for his writings on spiritual direction and spiritual formation including "Introduction to the Devout Life" and "Treatise on the Love of God"