Today is the Required Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. St. Francis was a highly influential spiritual director, author and preacher post the Protestant Reformation. He showed gentle love and compassion for all men. He believed that spirituality was not something just for the monks and priests but for all men and that one’s devotional life had to be adjusted to one’s state in life. Moreover, any devotion had to lead to being of service to our fellow-man.