Saint Francis de Sales

Saint Francis de Sales

Patron of journalists and screenwriters
Invoked to pursue new ideas successfully
Feast Day: January 24

Francis de Sales’ story took place long ago. Francis was a very patient person. He knew he wanted to become a priest but did not tell anyone for 13 years. Instead, he enjoyed quiet solitude, telling himself to neither hurry nor worry. God finally sent a message to Francis while he was riding his horse. He fell three off 3 times and every time his sword came out it made the sign of the cross. Francis realized this was a message from God. He became a provost of a diocese but many of his preachings left his audience confused and bewildered. The parishioners felt that Francis acted superior and conceited. This was not true, though, it was just that Francis had novel ideas and was very idealistic. Francis came up with an idea that most people felt was utterly ridiculous. Francis wanted to convert 60,000 Calvinists back to Catholicism and everyone, including his father, ridiculed and scoffed at his idea. But his cousin had faith in Francis and joined him on his lonely quest. For years, he failed. Not one person converted and hardly anyone listened. Francis decided to write his ideas down on paper and he shared them with others. People read his writings and soon 40,000 had converted back to Christianity, perhaps showing us all, for the first time, the “power of the pen.” Francis ultimately prevailed and taught us the power of perseverance. © 1997

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