Tag Archives: Courage

Striving for Spiritual Perfection

Here are a few thoughts from St. Francis de Sales for those who are striving for spiritual perfection: “Make a general and universal resolution to serve God in the best manner you are able and do not waste time in … Continue reading

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Thy Will Be Done

St. Francis de Sales encourages his spiritual children to honor God by conforming their wills to the will of God: “Here is the great lesson: We must discover God’s will, and, recognising it, we must endeavour to do it joyfully, … 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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The Business of Life

As long as we are alive in this world, we must deal with the necessities, duties, and business of this life. St. Francis de Sales gives some thoughts on how to make the best of it and how to keep … 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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The Gentleness of God

The editor of Maxims and Counsels of St. Francis de Sales tells us that, in the opinion of St. Jane Frances de Chantal and St. Vincent de Paul, St. Francis de Sales, revered as “the gentle Bishop of Geneva,” was … Continue reading

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The Heart of St. Francis de Sales

In the following excerpts, St. Francis de Sales describes a vigorous, faithful, confident heart: “I see you with your vigorous heart which loves and wills powerfully. I like it, for what are those half-dead hearts good for? We must make … Continue reading

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