St. Francis de Sales was born to a noble family at Chateau de Sales in the Kingdom of Savoy near Geneva, Switzerland on August 21, 1567. St. Francis de Sales, the very active and alive pastor and doctor of the Church (1567-1622), inspired Don Bosco to choose St. Francis of Sales as his patron. In honour of St. Francis de Sales he named his followers Salesians. St. Francis de Sales was beatified on January 8, 1662 and canonized on April 19, 1665 by Pope Alexander VII.
Francis was both intelligent and gentle. From a very early age, he desired to serve God. He believed the worst sin was to judge someone or to gossip about them. Even if we say we do it out of love we're still doing it to look better ourselves. We should be as gentle and forgiving with ourselves as we should be with others.