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During his early priesthood he set out to bring Protestants back to the Catholic faith. His attempts to preach were not successful, and doors were shut in his face. He resorted to writing sermons, copying them by hand and slipping them under doors. Through his efforts he was credited with converting thousands back to Catholicism.
That evangelization technique as well as his writing of books, pamphlets and letters in later life, as a Bishop, resulted in his being proclaimed the patron saint of authors, journalists and writers. He is also considered the patron saint of the deaf for developing a form of sign language to teach a deaf man about God.
" O Glorious St. Francis, model of the interior life, and full of zeal for the salvation of souls! Obtain for me the grace to employ all my faculties, not for my own sanctification alone, but for that of my neighbor also; that continually spreading abroad the sweet odor of Jesus Christ by my words and works, I may attain with thee the blessedness promised to the merciful: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy;" and that I may one day have a share in the glory which thou dost enjoy in paradise with the angels and saints, where those who edify and instruct to justice shall shine as stars for all eternity."
“The person who possesses Christian meekness is affectionate and tender towards everyone: he is disposed to forgive and excuse the frailties of others; the goodness of his heart appears in a sweet affability that influences his words and actions, presents every object to his view in the most charitable and pleasing light.”