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January 24, 2022

Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church

The Doctors of the Church earned this title because their writings and teachings are of particular importance to our Roman Catholic theology. Their works are not only true but timeless. It may seem to be a bit of a stretch, but I think of them as superheroes. Modern characters like Superman, Batman, and Superwoman are superheroes, too. Whether they lived or were born of vivid imaginations, all these used their abilities or powers to help the world become a better place. Some wore capes or funny costumes, while others, like Saint Francis, earned their halos by enriching the Church’s teachings.

Saint Francis was convinced that God loves all his creatures and that Jesus died to save us all. Each person is responsible for making good use of the talents and abilities given to them. He wrote three remarkable books dedicated to the spiritual growth of all who were interested in living an authentic Christian life. His writings are about what he learned through his pastoral activities and helping people find their way in their everyday lives. The manuals may have been written a long time ago, but it all sounds quite modern and up to date. His book on pastoral activities and spiritual direction could have been published in recent years. What he addressed then could easily be applied to our own circumstances.

Gaining a loving encounter with God is the goal of all of us. God is love, and he created us for himself. Saint Francis quotes an ancient monk who said: “I have spent forty years in search of God, and when I thought I had found him, I discovered it was he who had first searched for me.”

Are you hungry for God’s love? Is your faith part of your daily living?

Let us pray.

My God, I give you this day. I offer you, now, all of the good that I shall do, and I promise to accept, for love of you, all of the difficulty that I shall meet. Help me to conduct myself during this day in a manner pleasing to you. Amen. (From Prayers of St. Francis de Sales)

 

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About Nancy MacRoberts

Nancy is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi parish in Houston, TX.