Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Beautiful, pure, good- and YOU!...

"During the course of the day, recall as often as possible 
that you are in God's presence. Consider what God does 
and what you are doing.  You will see His eyes 
turned toward you and constantly fixed on you 
with incomparable love." - St Francis de Sales

"As mountain hares become white in winter
because they neither see 
nor eat anything but snow,

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so by adoring and feeding on beauty, purity 
and  goodness itself in the Eucharist 
you will become altogether 
beautiful, pure, and good."

St Francis de Sales
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
France ~ 16 August 1567 ~ 28 December 1622
Author of Introduction to the Devout Life (MUST-READ!)
and A Treatise on the Love of God
Co-Founder of Sisters of the Visitation
Patron of authors, writers, deaf persons
a.k.a. the "Gentleman Saint"
(due to his patience and gentleness)
Feast Day:  January 24

"After having conferred Holy Orders on a pious young man, 
St Francis de Sales noticed that the 
newly ordained priest hesitated before a door 
as if to let someone pass before him.  
'Why do you pause?' asked the saint.  'God favors me with the 
sight of my guardian angel, ' replied the priest.  
'Before I was ordained to the holy priesthood, 
my angel always remained at my right and preceded me.  
Now he walks  at the left and refuses to go before me.'

Such is the great veneration which the angelic spirits 
show even God's ministers because 
of their reverence for the Blessed Sacrament."

~ From The Guardian Angels:  Our Heavenly Companions

"Great occasions for serving God come seldom. 
but little ones surround us daily."
St Francis de Sales
St Francis de Sales, pray for us!

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