Today, at Mass, we celebrated the life of St Francis de Sales. Philip, parish assistant, spoke about him. Appropriately, as St Francis de Sales is one of the patron saints of those who communicate, Philip spoke from text on his ipad.
Through deep faith and a gentle approach St. Francis de Sales was able to share Christ’s love with thousands of people, and so we too should share the love of Christ with others in a thoughtful and understanding way. Always remember that we are more than flesh and bones and that a kind heart and a loyal nature will mean more to our neighbour than any wise word and good advice. The love and loyalty that we show, allow our neighbour to catch a glimpse of heaven that may dwell in their hearts and minds forever.
One day while out walking St. Francis de Sales came across a man afflicted with deafness. Feeling the man’s loneliness, St. Francis offered him company and hospitality and through this companionship St. Francis and the deaf man developed a sign language through which they could communicate. Seeing the opportunity of this connection St. Francis de Sale was able to lead this man to Christ by share God’s love and forgiveness with him through their new form of connection.
And so in Christian unity week let us not neglect our brother or ignore our sister, treating and accepting others as we would like to be treated ourselves. Then, through gentleness and kindness, we like St. Francis can allow heaven to touch earth.