Thursday, January 24, 2008

St. Francis de Sales

A servant of God signifies one who has a great charity towards his neighbor and an inviolable resolution to follow in everything the Divine Will; who bears with his own deficiencies, and patiently supports the imperfections of others. -Saint Francis de Sales

He was born in a castle with a family who wished him to become a lawyer, enter politics, and carry on the family line and power. He studied in Paris and returned home with a position as Senate advocate. Then he received a calling from Christ to "Leave all and follow Me" and saw this as a call to the priesthood. His family strictly objected to this, but he continued to lead a devoted prayer life. After a little while his gentle ways won over and he became a priest.

Prayer by St. Francis de Sales

Lord, I am yours,
and I must belong to no one but you.
My soul is yours,
and must live only by you.
My will is yours,
and must love only for you.
I must love you as my first cause,
since I am from you.
I must love you as my end and rest,
since I am for you.
I must love you more than my own being,
since my being subsists by you.
I must love you more than myself,
since I am all yours and all in you.


Kaila said...

I nominated you for an award.

Charity Therese said...

Thanks Kaila! :-D