Homily of January 24, 2015: Memorial of St. Francis de Sales

January 24, 2015
"To tell again the story of God's love"


On one occasion when Pope St. John Paul II came to the United States he stated that the purpose of his visit was to tell again the story of God's love. Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales and through his life of gentle love and compassion for all tells again the story of God's love. In the prayer of the Mass we ask to follow St. Francis de Sales' example and to display his gentleness of charity. The Church takes this opportunity to tell again the story of God's love. Today she does this in the very words of Jesus, taken from the 15th chapter of St. John's Gospel: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you.... This is my commandment: love one another as I love you."

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