St. Francis of Sales
This saint took the degree of Doctor of Laws, both Civil and Ecclesiastical, at Padua, with much distinction. Though by nature hot-tempered, he became the gentlest of saints. By meekness and kindness he converted 72,000 Calvinists. “You can catch more flies,” St. Francis used to say, “with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar.”
God Who, in order that souls might be saved, didst will that blessed Francis should become all things to all men; fill our hearts, we beseech Thee, with that charity which is sweet; so that, guided by his teaching, and having part in his merits, we may attain unto everlasting happiness. — Collect
The Imitation of Christ
He that hath true and perfect charity seeketh himself in nothing, but only desireth God to be glorified in all things.
This hot-tempered man gained such control of himself that even intentional provocation could not disturb his serenity. He labored among the most stubborn of Calvinists and converted 70,000 of them winning them over by his unperturbable meekness.
Do you find it hard to keep cool? St. Francis proves what can be done. Keep a record that only you shall see of how many times you are impatient this morning; how many times this afternoon, and keep that up for a week and see how much you can improve in that time.
Learn of Me for I am meek and humble of heart.