~~For those Catholics attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and following the old calendar, our dear Saint’s feast day is celebrated on January 29th…this family observes both dates, as we are particularly attached to this saint!~~

Today is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales. He is a particular favorite of mine…I can’t imagine making it more than a few days without reading some little gem in the Introduction to the Devout Life.  He is the patron saint of writers and journalists, and is the perfect example of the need for all writers to strive for charity when “taking up the quill.”  Consider a few of these quotes for reflection:

“You will catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar. Were there any thing better or fairer on earth than gentleness, Jesus Christ would have taught it us ; and yet he has given us only two lessons to learn of him—meekness and humility of heart.”

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

And this quote. This reminder should be engraved upon the heart of every busy mother:

While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things.

Here’s a yummy recipe to remind us of the sweetness and goodness of our dear Saint!

Blessings!