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Because of the way he went about his life, St. Francis de Sales, whom the Church celebrates today, was known the “Gentleman Saint.” Here are a few of his sayings that bear repeating and reflection.

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”

“When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.”

“A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.”

“Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.”

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”

And my favorite: “Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.”