The post below was written by Fr Kieran Anderson SDB for the Catholic Truth Society's Catholic Compass blog, in celebration of the feast of St Francis de Sales, patron of the Salesians of Don Bosco.
‘Let us be what we are and be that well’– Salesian spirituality for the drama of daily life
The plays of Shakespeare deal in dramatic form with the questions that underlie what it means to be human. Yet, the language he uses is often complex, difficult and demanding. St Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622), an exact contemporary of Shakespeare, was also a writer – not of plays, but of books and letters that offered words of guidance, encouragement and wisdom in a simple, accessible and lively style on how best to live life well. In the drama of daily life, we are called by God to holiness.