St. Francis de Sales

StFrancisDeSalesToday is the Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales. Julie and I talked about Introduction to the Devout Life, a book he wrote in 1609, on the Good Story Podcast (Episode 51).

I am thinking about a friend of mine today, who might find these words from that book comforting:

Day is continually turning to night, spring to summer, summer to autumn, autumn to winter, winter to spring; no two days are ever exactly alike. Some are foggy, rainy, some dry or windy; and this endless variety greatly enhances the beauty of the universe. And even so precisely is it with man (who, as ancient writers have said, is a miniature of the world), for he is never long in any one condition, and his life on earth flows by like the mighty waters, heaving and tossing with an endless variety of motion; one while raising him on high with hope, another plunging him low in fear; now turning him to the right with rejoicing, then driving him to the left with sorrows; and no single day, no, not even one hour, is entirely the same as any other of his life.

St. Francis de Sales is a patron of writers and journalists.

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