This is the exquisite Saint Francis de Sales Plaque. When Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), the “Gentleman Saint,” was Bishop of Geneva, Switzerland, he was highly esteemed for his profound faith and his tact and gentle approach to the intractable religious divisions in Switzerland that came as a result of the Protestant Reformation. St. Francis of Assisi once appeared to him in a vision and told him: “You desire martyrdom, just as I once longed for it. But, like me, you will not obtain it. You will have to become an instrument of your own martyrdom.” He is best known for his writings about spiritual formation and spiritual direction. He developed a sign language to be able to teach a deaf man about God. He is now the patron saint of the deaf. Because he was a prolific correspondent, he is also now the patron saint of authors, writers, and the Catholic press. This plaque is a great gift for his feast day on January 24th, a first communion, a confirmation, or a birthday.
A Bronze Plaque Available in Three Sizes
Available in three sizes – small (p9k – 2 x 1.8 inches), medium (p6m – 4 x 3.25 inches) or large (p143g – 7.9 x 6.3 inches) – this plaque can be hung with ease on the wall in home or office. This solid bronze plaque was conceived and executed by a world-renowned goldsmith in Germany. This is to be sure a most fitting gift for that special “Francis” or “Frank” in your life!
Doctor of the Church – Teacher of the Devout Life
St. Francis de Sales (French: François de Sales, German: Franz Sales) desired to become a priest after receiving a message telling him to “Leave all and follow Me.” He pursued an intense prayer life and won his family over with his gentle ways. As a priest, he later became the Provost of the diocese of Geneva, Switzerland, a stronghold of Calvinists. He was a highly regarded preacher, writer and spiritual director in the district of Chablais. He brought many back to the Roman Catholic Church through his gentle way and his simple and clear presentation of Catholic doctrine. At the age of 35 he became bishop of Geneva. He was a close friend of Saint Vincent de Paul. Along with Saint Jeanne de Chantal he founded the Order of the Visitation. His faithful devotion to the God of love not only expelled his doubts but also profoundly influenced the rest of his life and his teachings. His way of teaching Catholic spirituality became known as the Way of Divine Love, or the Devout Life. In his master work Introduction to the Devout Life – written especially for lay people – he counseled charity over penance as a means of progressing in the spiritual life. His great mystical work is the Treatise on the Love of God. His writings on the heart of Mary as the model of love for God influenced Jean Eudes to develop the devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (depicted in the top left corner of this plaque). He is now a Doctor of the Church.