The Gentleman Saint
Today the Church celebrates the life and ministry of the 17th century Doctor of the Church, St. Francis de Sales. I have grown fond of St. Francis these past four years for several reasons.
1) He used writing as much as preaching to convince many ex-Catholics to return to the Church.
2) His pursuit of holiness was the goal of his life.
3) He became victorious over his human foible of a quick temper and was known for his kind demeanor. (took him over 20 years)
4) I paid tuition to DeSales University for the past 3.5 years where my eldest just graduated. (He chose to go to a Catholic university before we were even Catholic)
His writings are very accessible and his Introduction to a Devout Life is a wonderful place to start.
Here are some of my thoughts of his Controversies (tracts written to convince protestants to revert)