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One single work done with a tranquil spirit is worth far more than several done with overeagerness.

St.Francis de Sales
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 Let us do all the good we can, faithfully, peacefully, and quietly and with a humility that is gentle and tranquil.

St. Francis de Sales
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St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal

Francis, Bishop of Geneva, was noted for his ability to express himself in writing. As a Bishop he spent most of his time preaching to his people.  On one occasion he gave the Lenten sermons at Dijon.  The people loved his sermons because they were always understandable and inspirational.   Baroness de Chantal was one such person.  Her husband had recently been killed in a hunting accident and she was left to manage a family and a large estate. She met Francis de Sales at the residence of her brother, the Archbishop of Dijon and he became her spiritual director.  On the day after Pentecost in 1604, he made known to her that she would be a member of the new congregation of religious women that he wished to found called the Sisters of the Visitation.  He desired this congregation to  combine the active with the contemplative life.  At first the idea seemed impossible for her for she had a family. It wasn’t until June 6, 1610 that the Visitation Order was founded in Annecy by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal.

Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from the suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
St. Francis de Sales

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