Seminarian Joseph McDaniel, a member of an active family in our parish, is studying with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in the U.S. Since he’s spending a term here, I asked him to speak to the parishioners about the order’s noble patron on his feast day this week. His short talk was very well received, and with his kind permission I present it here.
He also drew my attention to two videos on the saint’s life and teaching: St. Francis de Sales: A Biography and To Be a Christian.
What does it mean to be holy? As a bishop and spiritual director, St. Francis de Sales was asked this question frequently, by people from all walks of life. In his conversations with them, he noticed that oftentimes our imagined idea of what holiness is about can be far removed from the concrete reality of our lives.