The saintly Founder, with St Jane Frances de Chantal, of the Visitation Order, spanned the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Bishop of Geneva, he wrote the ‘Introduction to the Devout Life’ and the ‘Treatise on the Love of God’.

He said: ‘The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings’.

These words are as true now, and as relevant, as on the day they were first written. Let us be at peace, then, and may St Francis de Sales pray for us.