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In Dijon, Francis saw a widow listening closely to his sermon -- a woman he had seen already in a dream.
Jane de Chantal was a dedicated Catholic Christian on her own, as Francis was, but it was only when they became friends they began to become saints.
For the truth is that this kind of work is infinitely profitable to me." For him active work did not weaken his spiritual inner peace but strengthened it. Francis insisted that every Christian was called to holiness and sanctity, lived within their own state in life.
He gave spiritual direction to most people through letters, which attested to his remarkable patience. In holding that belief, he reflected the teaching of Jesus and the early Church Fathers.
"By turning your eyes on God in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with God.
Begin all your prayers in the presence of God." For busy people living in the world, he advised, "Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with others and talk to God." The test of prayer was a person's actions.
He forged wonderful alliances with Pope Clement VIII and Henry IV of France, and in 1601 Francis joined Henry IV on a diplomatic mission. Henry grew attached to Francis and saw him as a "rare bird" who was devout, knowledgeable and a gentleman.
In 1602, Bishop Granier died and Francis was consecrated Bishop of Geneva, although he continued to reside in Annecy.
In 1604, Francis took one of the most important steps in his life -- the step toward extraordinary holiness and mystical union with God.Thus, to those who love God can never stop thinking about him, longing for him, aspiring to him, and speaking about him.If they could, they would engrave the name of Jesus on the hearts of all humankind." The key to love of God was prayer.God made his will clear to Francis one day while he was riding. Every time he fell, the sword came out of the scabbard, and every time it came out, the sword and scabbard came to rest on the ground in the shape of the Christian cross.
After much discussion and disagreement from his father, Francis was ordained to the priesthood and elected provost of the Diocese of Geneva, in 1593, by the Bishop of Geneva.
He said, "The thoughts of those moved by natural human love are almost completely fastened on the beloved, their hearts are filled with passion for it, and their mouths full of its praises.