Tag Archives: Confidence

A Faithful Servant of God

St. Francis de Sales gives advice on how to persevere through spiritual trials that are given to us to strengthen our resolve and deepen our devotion to God: “We are oppressed by a thousand fears, and by the uproar which … Continue reading

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In God’s Time

In our quest for spiritual perfection, there is a tendency to become impatient and disquieted due to the slowness of our progress, and even to lose confidence in the power of God’s grace to bring us to our eternal homeland. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Perfection

Padre Quadrupani discusses our journey toward spiritual perfection. He starts off by making this distinction: “A Christian is not obliged to be perfect, but to tend continually towards perfection; that is to say, he must labor unceasingly and with all … Continue reading

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He Practiced What He Preached

St. Francis de Sales, the “Gentle Bishop of Geneva,” was known for the gentle and practical spiritual guidance he offered to those in his care. As for his own spiritual life and practices, the introduction to Maxims and Counsels of … Continue reading

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Praise and Humility

Both Quadrupani and his favorite spiritual guide, St. Francis de Sales, offered practical, feasible spiritual advice. They knew of what substance we are made and made their recommendations accordingly. One such case is this: we have a natural tendency to … Continue reading

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Confidence

Here is advice from Franciscan saints on having confidence in God: St. Francis of Assisi urges us to have faith in God: “No one ought, by a foolish self-confidence, to take pride in what is within the reach of every … Continue reading

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Praying Points

Here St. Francis de Sales gives advice on how to pray: “We are always wishing for this or that, and though we have our sweet Jesus in our breasts, we are not content. Yet it is all we can desire. … Continue reading

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