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The Contractions and Pangs of Spiritual Childbirth

The contractions and pangs of spiritual childbirth are not less than those on the physical order. You have experienced both. I have often been encouraged in the midst of my little difficulties by these words of our gentle Saviour: “When a woman is in labour, she is in great distress… but after her child is born, she forgets the suffering because of the joy of the child born to her” (Jn 16:21).

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The Sacred Alchemy of Changing Sadness into Joy

What is the Gospel? Isn’t the Good News Itself the same as changing sadness into joy? Of course. This is who Jesus is, this is what the Gospel is: changing sadness into joy. 384 more words

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Reason Enough to Live Joyously

You would never in the world want to offend God. That is reason enough to live joyously.
Saint Francis de Sales

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Cutting Threads Little by Little

Little by little, let us leave behind us affections for the low things of earth and aspire to the happiness that has been prepared for us.
Saint Francis de Sales

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Let Yourself Be Seen

If we are unable to speak because our voices fails us, let us, nevertheless, stay in the hall of the King and bow down before Him; He will see us there, will graciously accept our patience, and will look with favour on our silence… So when you come before the Lord, talk to Him if you can; if you can’t, just stay there, let yourself be seen, and don’t try too hard to do anything else.
Saint Francis de Sales

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Honey and Wax

Like a honey bee, while you are carefully making the honey of devotion, at the same time make the wax of your household affairs; for if honey is sweet to the taste of our Lord so are butter and honey while on earth, and wax also honours Him since it is used to make the candles which give light to those around us.
Saint Francis de Sales

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Can I Be Frank With You?

Can I be Frank with you? Put less informally, which St. Francis would be the best St. Francis to draw lessons from to help us on our own personal journey to heaven? 954 more words

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