Listening to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album yesterday, one of my happy albums.
When times go bad
When times go rough
Won’t you quote St Francis de Sales and let him do his stuff?
Well, I hope that is not too irreligious.
Our family has a thing for St Francis de Sales and the many quotes attributed to him.
Saint Francis de Sales 1567 – 1622 was Bishop of Geneva . He was an accomplished preacher. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly Introduction to the Devout Life. St Francis de Sales was the spiritual director of St Jane de Chantel, founder of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, a religious order for women. I used to have a bit of a mis-trust of St Jane whilst liking St Francis and the two did not seem to go together in my mind ~ but, in recent years, I think I have come to understand St Jane and her choices better.
Quotes from St Francis de Sales?
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.
Can I be both strong and gentle?
Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not ‘What a lovely sermon’ but, ‘I will do something!’
We listened to a homily like this last night..