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Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Patron Saint of Authors

I was listening to Catholic radio yesterday while driving to San Diego and there was a discussion of patron saints.  That got me to thinking .... Who is the Patron Saint of Authors?  I decided to find out.


Saint Francis de Sales'  father had his future all mapped out.  He was to become an attorney and eventually marry a local heiress.Through several religious experiences Francis began leaning more and more towards the priesthood. The experience I found most interesting was while riding a horse, the sword he was carrying fell to the ground and crossed another sword, making the sign of a cross. He saw this as a true sign for his calling.  He tried meeting his fathers' expectations by attending college and studying law; however, the desire to serve God grew stronger.  After graduating, much to his father's dismay, he accepted God's calling and  became a priest.  

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.

Prayer for St. Francis de Sales' Intercession

" 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."

Favorite Quotes of St. Francis de Sales

“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.”

"Each Christian needs half an hour of prayer each day, except when we are busy; then we need an hour."


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