On January 24th, the universal Church joyfully celebrated the feast of St. Francis de Sales. The Christians of Kimihurura Mary Help of Christians Church united with a powerful message: the call to follow in the footsteps of saints through initiating small deeds.
St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalists, is commemorated annually on January 24th. His teachings on gentleness, kindness, and the significance of leading a devout life have left an enduring impact on the Catholic Church.
The Kimihurura Mary Help of Christians Church embraced this occasion as an opportunity to reflect on the saint’s teachings and to foster a sense of community among its members.
During the homily, Rev. Father NTIRENGANYA Jean Bosco emphasized the saint’s teachings on kindness, humility, and the pursuit of holiness in everyday life. The congregation was reminded of the importance of emulating these virtues as they navigate the challenges of the modern world.
Rev. Father Ntirenganya highlighted how St. Don Bosco followed in the footsteps and teachings of St. Francis de Sales and urged the Christians to do the same.
He said, “We follow the footsteps of St. Don Bosco as he did for St. Francis de Sales. They show us examples to be Saints by doing small deeds.”
Rev. Father Ntirenganya emphasized that St. Francis showed that being a saint is achievable when people follow God in an easy way through humility, using God’s word from heart to heart instead of mouth to ears, and practicing patience.
St. Francis de Sales, born in 1567 in Thorens-Glières, Savoy, dedicated his life to the service of God and the promotion of Christian values. He became the Bishop of Geneva and earned a reputation for his gentle and compassionate approach to spirituality. His most famous work, “Introduction to the Devout Life,” has guided countless individuals on their spiritual journeys, emphasizing the integration of faith into everyday life.