The Meekness of St. Francis de Sales

St Francois de Sales Giving the Rule of the Visitation to St Jeanne de Chantal by Noël Hallé

St. Francis de Sales himself had the very highest regard for this virtue [Meekness]. He spoke of it so frequently and with so much love, as to show clearly it was his chosen one among all. So, though he excelled in all the virtues, he was singular and remarkable in this. He always wore a serene countenance, and there was a special grace upon his lips, so that he generally appeared to be smiling, and his face breathed a sweetness which charmed every one. Though he usually showed great recollection, he sometimes thought it desirable to give proof of amiability, and then he consoled all who met him, and won the love and regard of whoever looked upon him. His words, gestures, and actions were never without great suavity and gentleness.

He, too, justly merited the praise bestowed by the Holy Spirit upon Moses, “that he was the meekest man of his time upon earth.”

St. Jane Frances de Chantal was able to say that there was never known a heart so sweet, so gentle, so kind, so gracious and affable, as his.

St. Vincent de Paul expressed the same sentiment, saying that he was the kindest man he had ever known, and the first time he saw him, he noticed in the serenity of his countenance, and in his manner of conversing, such a close resemblance to the meekness of Christ our Lord as instantly won his heart.

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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