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St. Francis de Sales

Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us every day.

St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622) was a French bishop of Geneva, Switzerland, and co-founder of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary.

He was very well-educated, having received doctorates in both law and theology. St. Francis was also a master at explaining the Catholic faith in a language that common people could understand. During his time as bishop, it is said that as many as 70,000 people in Geneva converted to Catholicism in response to his simple and compelling manner of speaking the truth with love.

His most popular book is Introduction to the Devout Life, a collection of letters written to those who sought his spiritual direction. It was unique in its time for being addressed to people from every walk of life. Today it is widely considered one of the great classics of Catholic spirituality. St. Francis also wrote Treatise on the Love of God, The Catholic Controversy, and Spiritual Conferences. Various collections of his letters and sermons have been published as well.