Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Writer's Saint

It is an error, nay more, a very heresy, to seek to banish the devout life from the soldier's guardroom, the mechanic's workshop, the prince's court, or the domestic hearth.
~ Francis de Sales

Today, January 24, is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. He is the patron saint of writers, specifically authors and journalists. I find this fact especially delightful since today is also my birthday.

Francis de Sales, a Doctor of the Church, was a prolific writer. One of his most popular works through the centuries, "Introduction to the Devout Life," teaches that people in every occupation are called to holiness.

Even, or perhaps especially, writers.