Pastoral Notes January 21st, 2018

St. Francis de SalesST FRANCIS DE SALES
Father Paul is a member of the Missionaries of St Francis de Sales, a Congregation founded in modern times but looking back to a saint who lived 1562-1622. St Francis became a priest, much against his noble father’s wishes, and eventually a missionary bishop in those early days of the Reformation, when his work took him above all to modern Switzerland, which had turned in great numbers to follow the Reformer John Calvin. St Francis won back many to the Catholic faith saying, “whoever preaches with love is preaching effectively”. We are now in very different times, born into an age of many divisions but seeking to overcome those divisions by sharing, working together for those in need “with love”. “St Francis wrote: ‘The measure of love is to love without measure’, and this he not only taught but lived.” (Butler’s Lives of the Saints).