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St. Francis de Sales on the Universal Call to the Devout Life

When God created the world He commanded each tree to bear fruit after its kind;and even so He bids Christians,–the living trees of His Church,–to bring forth fruits of devotion, each one according to his kind and vocation. 542 more words


THE NECESSITY OF PRAYER, by Francis de Sales

From Introduction to the Devout Life


Prayer opens the understanding to the brightness of Divine Light, and the will to the warmth of Heavenly Love – nothing can so effectually purify the mind from its many ignorances, or the will from its perverse affections.   842 more words


Let It Go

If we love God absolutely, why should we be picky and attached to anything else, except his manifest will for us? And how does God manifest his will? 342 more words

Thoughts And Writings

Ordinary Time and the "Sacrament" of Nazareth

The majority of the year is Ordinary Time. The majority of the lives of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were lived in Nazareth. Both can be barely seen: few major festivals in the year, and few major remembrances of the divine life in Nazareth in the Scriptures. 710 more words

Thoughts And Writings

Engaging the Gospel - Pentecost

Pentecost: Gospel – John 7:37-39 (Vigil), John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27, 16:12-15

More than just an historical event, Pentecost is also a reality in our own lives: through the sacrament of Confirmation, we too receive “the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost” (Catechism 1302). 232 more words


Confidence through Weakness

So now, since you want to belong entirely to God, why should you be afraid of your weakness – on which, in any case, you shouldn’t be relying.
Saint Francis de Sales


MYSTICISM: What True Devotion Is, by Francis de Sales

From Introduction to the Devout Life

You aim at a devout life, dear child, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God’s Divine Majesty.   838 more words