The Feast of Saint Francis De Sales

Today’s Word:

“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35)

On This Date…

Today is the feast of Saint Francis De Sales, the patron of the Diocese of Wilmington, who lived from 1567 to 1622. At age 15 he went to the University of Paris to study rhetoric, philosophy, and theology. He received a doctorate in law from the University of Padua at age 24. His father had arranged a marriage for him, but Francis elected to be a priest and was ordained at age 26. He was an eloquent preacher and was devoted to the poor and the sick. He became a bishop in 1602. He said, “We must hold it an absolute fact that (we) do more through love and charity than through severity and harshness.” He died on December 28, 1622; on January 24, 1623 his body arrived at his hometown for burial.

Each spring Bishop W. Francis Malooly awards the Saint Francis De Sales Medal to ten seniors in each of the eight Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Wilmington. In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother”. Saint Francis De Sales was a brother to Jesus and is a model for us.

– Father McLaughlin

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