January 24 – Saint Francis de Sales


Lord Jesus, when You told Saint Francis de Sales to “Leave all and follow Me,” he developed a life of devotion to You, self-discipline, prayer, and kindness toward all.  Now he is the patron saint of authors, the Catholic press, and journalists.  I seek his intercession for all writers and publishers, especially those who profess to be servants of God.  Give them the help of the Archangel Saint Michael, and protect them from the attacks of the Evil One who wants to stop their work.  Help them to hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance on what to write and publish, and what words to use that will make a difference.  Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us.  Amen.

Quotes for Today

Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622 A.D.)
Doctor of the Church

quoteDuring the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with an incomparable love.”

quoteThe more we distrust our own strength, the more we should confide in the divine mercy. This is a balance in which the more the scale of confidence in God is raised, the more the scale of diffidence in ourselves descends.”

quoteDo not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering, or he will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace,” then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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