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Saint of the Day: January 29th - St Francis de Sales

Butler'sLIvesoftheSaints BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Paul VI Audience Hall Wednesday, 2 March 2011 [ Saint Francis de Sales Dear Brothers and Sisters, “God is God of the human heart” (The …More
Butler'sLIvesoftheSaints BENEDICT XVI
GENERAL AUDIENCE
Paul VI Audience Hall
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
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Saint Francis de Sales
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“God is God of the human heart” (The Treatise on the Love of God, I, XV). These apparently simple words give us an impression of the spirituality of a great teacher of whom I would like to speak to you today: St Francis de Sales, a Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Born in 1567, in a French border region, he was the son of the Lord of Boisy, an ancient and noble family of Savoy. His life straddled two centuries, the 16th and 17th, and he summed up in himself the best of the teachings and cultural achievements of the century drawing to a close, reconciling the heritage of humanism striving for the Absolute that is proper to mystical currents. He received a very careful education; he undertook higher studies in Paris, where he dedicated himself to theology, and at the University of Padua, where he studied jurisprudence, complying …More