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

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.

Friendship requires great communication.

It is a fact that people are always well aware of what is due them. Unfortunately, they remain oblivious of what they owe to others.

Provided that God be glorified, we must not care by whom.

To go to God there are many ways perhaps more excellent than the one we follow; let us recognize its excellence, but let us put forth all our efforts to progress in the way God has given us, because it is there where He wants us to be.

Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.

It is love that gives value to all our works; it is not by the greatness or multiplicity of our works that we please God, but by the love with which we do them.

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

From the heart kiss frequently the crosses that our Lord Jesus himself puts on your shoulders; don’t look to see if it is of precious wood or perfumed; they are more of a cross when they are made of the most despicable wood, the most rejected and dirty.

It is the mark of a mean, vulgar and ignoble spirit to dwell on the thought of food before meal times or worse to dwell on it afterwards, to discuss it and wallow in the remembered pleasures of every mouthful. Those whose minds dwell before dinner on the spit, and after on the dishes, are fit only to be scullions.

Some are tormented searching for the way to love God. These poor souls do not know there is no method to love Him apart from doing what pleases Him.

We don’t have the love needed to love God as He deserves.

God requires a faithful fulfillment of the merest trifle given us to do, rather than the most ardent aspiration to things to which we are not called.

Know that the virtue of patience is what assures us the most perfection.

Take care of your health, that it may serve you to serve God.

We have to allow our minds to be pierced by the thorns of difficulties, and allow our hearts to be pierced by the lance of contradiction; to drink of the bitterness and swallow the vinegar, if this is God’s will.

Have contempt for contempt.

Author Picture
First Name
Saint Francis de Sales
Birth Date
1567
Death Date
1622
Bio

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"