Monday, June 16, 2014

St. Francis de Sales, Pray for Me!

I'm trying to remember to pray to this guy, and pray to him often.
He is St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of Catholic writers.

St. Francis de Sales, a Doctor of the Church, is a fount of wisdom about so many things.  I thought I'd share some famous quotes of his, which I believe will be a great help to me as I work on my second book--a Catholic YA novel that I hope will bless and inspire many young readers.

When I find myself worrying that this is too daunting a task for me to accomplish, or that I don't have the talent to do it well, I'll try to remember that with God, nothing is impossible.  These words should inspire me:
"Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections."

When I feel stressed, wondering if I'll be able to meet all the appointed deadlines, I'll make myself study and memorize this quote:
"True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice."

My publisher has encouraged me to have fun with this project; I think I'll be able to do that if I take this advice from my patron saint to heart:
"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."

So far, I'm feeling pretty good about things, and the book has been progressing, "quietly and persistently."  I pray that God will give me the tools to keep moving forward successfully--and most importantly, to feel at peace while I write during the coming months.