Though He Slay Me, Yet Will I Trust in Him; Time For Our Own ‘Reset’? Evil, Worry, Anxiety. Butperhaps we may be able togain even greater profit resisting small temptations. By this, the saint is not describing the priestâs personal character! Each human being is called to make life choices, great and small, based on the discerned knowledge of the Will of God. It is the ability or means used to accomplish something good. Typically, at these moments, we hold others to incredible standards while granting ourselves absolution. "(T VII 7)"The secret of secrets in prayeris to follow attractions in simplicity of heart. "(LR I 8)"God never permits anything to come upon usas a trial or test of our virtuewithout desiring that we should profit by it. Addeddate 2007-05-24 16:48:35 Bookplateleaf 0006 Call number SRLF:LAGE-4044226 "(LW II 10)"Take care of your health that it mayserve you to serve God. "(In III 8)"You must not only have a kind wordfor your neighbors and for strangers, but also for the peoplewith whom you live and your closest friends. St. Francis teaches us to give this anxiety to God and allow His grace and peace to fill our hearts. "Try Harder." As I have written once before, joy will keep us afloat in desperate times, and joy will help us combat the anxiety about which St. Francis warns us so sternly. ""One kind word wins more willing servicethan a hundred harsh ordersor stern reproofs. "(In III 5)"Self-deprecation is nothing morethan a tricky kind of boasting. He resides in Northern Virginia with Emily and his two children. "(T IX 2)Many people would be willing to have afflictionsprovided that they not beinconvenienced by them. "(In 4 3)"As long as we are determined totake no pleasure in temptationswe can never offend God. A DIY Benedict Option for Your Little Ones. "(T III 13)"Heaven and earth are not distant enoughto separate the hearts which our Lord has joined. While needing to be realistic, even the most challenging events and changes in our lives are better resolved with a calm, reasoned, and centered approach. "(LW I 5)"We must take all the care thatGod wishes us to take about perfectingOurselves, and yet leave the careOf arriving at perfection entirelyTo God. Gently. While not theologically sophisticated, it does touch upon our all-too human experience of temptation. "(LR VI 28), Unlike other types of activities, gossip and slander are games that everyone can play. "(In III 29)"Support and excuse your neighborwith great generosity of heart. These sayings from St. Francis de Sales have been gleaned from his collected letters, homilies, conferences and publications. The writings of St. Francis de Sales in connection with the founding of the Visitation order include a series of âshorter worksâ (opuscules) gathered by St Jane de Chantal and the early Visitandines into what came to be called the âCustom Book.â Volunteer Scheduler Realm Safe Environment (Protecting God's Children) Office365 (Staff) Links to other Catholic Organizations This work, as originally published, contains a thought or saying from the writings of St. Francis de Sales, a brief account of some historical event that occurred during his life on (or around) that date and a brief quote or maxim from St. Francis de Sales himself. "(LW VI 52)"Do as little children do, who with one handcling to their father, and with the othergather blackberries along the hedges. "(In III 29)"The one who could take awayrash judgement from the worldwould take away from it a great partof its sins and iniquities. In 1923, Pope Pius XI named St. Francis de Sales the patron saint of Catholic writers and the Catholic press because of the tracts and books he wrote. "(In 4 3)"God allows great trials and temptationsonly to those whom God wishes to raise to pure and excellent love. St. Francis de Sales (1567â1622) was the Bishop of Geneva and a renowned spiritual director. Francis de Sales was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Catholic Church. VI. "(In III 10)"You must choose: is it better that there shouldbe thorns in your garden in order to have roses,or that there should be no roses in your gardenin order to have no thorns? He and his father disagreed fiercely about his lifeâs calling but eventually, in 1593, Francis was ordained to the priesthood. "(C IX)"Our minds must not be keptalways on the stretch. Compiled by Sr. Mary Loyola Lynn, and Sr Mary Grace Flynn for the Visitation Monasteries in the United States, 1968. Reflect on these insights that St. Francis de Sales offers to you. "(LW I 5)"If we really knew ourselves,instead of being astonished at findingourselves on the ground,we should marvel howwe sometimes manage to remain upright. "(LR III 1)"It is the part of a futile soul to busy itselfwith examining the lives of others. The value of his writings led to his being declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Blessed Pius IX in 1877, and a patron of writers and journalists by Pope Pius XI in 1923. "(Tr VIII 14)"Choice of vocation, plans for some affair ofgreat importance, a work requiring a long timeor some very great expenditure of money,change of residence, choice of associates andsuch similar things require that we thinkseriously as to what best accords with God's will.But in little daily actions, in which evena mistake is neither of consequence nor beyond repair,what need is there for us to make a great to-do,give them much attention, and stop to makeinordinate consultations with others? That the Eucharist is how God conveys grace to us and gives himself âreally to us.â, The beginning of Mass: consider and confess your unworthiness and ask God for forgiveness, Before the Gospel: meditate on Christâs life, Between the Gospel and the Creed: think of Christâs teachings and your resolve to die for them, Before the consecration: meditate on the Passion and how the priest, along with the congregation, is offering up that same exact sacrifice, Before Communion: offer every desire of your heart, especially âdesiring most earnestly to be united forever to our Savior by his eternal loveâ, From Communion to the end of Mass: give thanksgiving to Christ for His birth, passion, death, resurrection, and eternal love for you. He was chiefly combatting the teachings of John Calvin, who was preaching sola scriptura, a false Eucharistic doctrine, and Lutherâs take on justification by faith. "(Tr VIII 13)"When God's will is shown clearly to usthrough divine ordinances and commandments,there is nothing further to deliberate onfor we must simply do what has been ordained.But for all other things it is in our libertyto choose what seems goodaccording to our preferences. Publication date 1894-Publisher London : Burns & Oates, Ltd. Collection cdl; americana Digitizing sponsor MSN Contributor University of California Libraries Language English Volume 1. Temptations can actually be reminders of our need for God's grace and lead us to draw even more closely to a God who loves us, forgives us, redeems us and inspires us. From how we look, how we dress, what we drive, where we work, with whom we relate, we need to be without fault, blemish or imperfection. "(LR I 2)"The one who can preservegentleness amid pains, and peaceamid the worry and multitude of daily life,is almost perfect. School Office/ Escuela de San Francisco de Sales - 702-647-2828. "(LW VI 12)"If it be God's will that the remedies overcomethe sickness, return to God thanks with humility;if it be God's will that the sickness overcomethe remedies, bless God with patience. Keep in mind that St. Francis was writing in response to tens of thousands of Christians leaving the True Church for heretical and nonsensical religions, many of which were created virtually overnight in many places. "(In III 29)"When I must speak up about another personI must do so in so balanced and just a way that I do not utterone word too many. "(In I 1)"Devotion is a certain intensity of charitywhich not only makes us prompt,active and diligent in observing God's Commandments,but moves us beyond that to perform asmany good deeds as possible, eventhose which are only counseled or inspired. "(C VIII)"Do not sow a crop of good intentionsin your neighbor's gardenbut cultivate your own with diligence. Temptations make sin attractive to us. A faithful friend is beyond price; no sum can balance its worth. However, we are called to love, and if we are willing to love, then we must be willing to suffer - to bear with our limitations, frustrations, imperfections, disappointments, heartaches - and those of others. St. Francis de Sales sets out a much simpler way, a âbrief method for knowing Godâs will,â in book eight of his Treatise on the Love of God. The foundation for all of DeSales' writings is the imitation of what Jesus called the "greatest commandment:" to grow in the love of God and neighbor. "So, then do not be surprised,"said the Apostle, "if I rest my mind from time to time.It will be more dedicated to reflection as a result. Though any of these writings would be excellent to pick up and work your way through, I highly recommend starting with Introduction to the Devout Life. This kind of humility - this kind of truth - will truly set you free. We have said elsewhere 6 6 "Four Essays on the Life and Writings of S. Francis de Sales," Essay III. Virtues are most effective when they meet the needs of a particular relationship, task, event or circumstance. May God give us the grace and the wisdom to speak simply, directly, and justly with one another. Clean the house? "(In I 3)"How foolish are those who waste time and thoughtin desiring to be martyred in the Indies,but do not apply themselves to theduties of their state in life. Unlike popular notions, Salesian humility is not the practice of put-downs or self-deprecation: it is the practice of truthfulness. Some choices are easy: this will either lead to virtue or vice, to light or darkness, to life or death. ', and 'Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.' Writings by St. Francis de Sales Treatise on the Love of God This great classic book explains what love of God is, how it begins in us, how it increases or decreases according as we correspond to grace or not, how to distinguish true love of God from an apparent but false love, and how to make progress in love. "(In III 29)"Let us be as precise and balanced as possiblein our words. However, temptations themselves are not sinful unless we take delight in them or give into them. "(S XIII 7)"The farmer will never be reproachedfor not having a good harvest,but only for not carefullytilling and sowing his own ground. "(LR II 25)"All is gentle to the gentle. Orthodox Catholics are often tempted to become mired in the controversies of our day, over which we have no control. Finish that project? "(In III 31)"If you spend too much time on gamesThey are no longer recreations but occupations. This love is strengthened through the celebration of sacraments, the practice of prayer, and a union of our will with God's will in even the most ordinary aspects of life. Dutton Collection catholictexts; additional_collections Language English (Live Jesus!) What if St. Jean-Marie Vianney Were Assigned to a Parish Today? Rather, striving to live devoutly provides us with a divine perspective that enables us to more fully embrace these same events, responsibilities and circumstances. "(In III 31), To live, to love, to be human means many things - including the experience of suffering. "(T VIII 14)"We must do all by love, and nothing by force. Saint Francis de Sales. St. Francis de Sales had a friend who asked for spiritual guidance. "(LW IV 3)"Be brief when you cannot be good. As St. Francis de Sales pictures it, the priest is the âangel whom God sendsâ to make this forgiveness real and enable divine reconciliation to be experienced. Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin. Leadership; The President. "(In III 30)"Above all, avoid false accusationsand the distortion of truth regarding your neighbor. This is a simple command to us to set our lives in the example of Jesus our Lord and Redeemer. Spiritual life -- Catholic Church, Christian saints -- Switzerland -- Correspondence, Francis, de Sales, Saint, 1567-1622, Francis, de Sales, Saint, 1567-1622 -- Correspondence, Christian saints, Spiritual life Publisher New York : E.P. Here Francis gives every Christian instruction in basic prayer and relationship with God through meditation and he teaches us clearly that âfear of judgment is the way of the saintsâ, and, in particular, is the way of the Doctors of the Church. (In III 1)"Let us add this. "(In III 36)"Whatever we see our neighbor dowe must strive to interpret itin the best manner possible. It is not some superfluous proposition to suggest finding peace with the world while fighting against it for the sake of souls; in fact it is one of the keys to the devout life. "(In III 9)"We must be on guard against toostrong a disappointment, chagrin and anger.Many people are at fault in this:They become enraged at being angry,disturbed at being disturbedand vexed at being vexed. "(LW I 3)"If we say less than we shouldit is easy to add,but having said too muchit is hard to take it back. "(LW IV 13)"It is quite enough to receive the evils whichdo come upon us from time to timewithout anticipating themby imagination. "(C IX)"Let us never make a show of wishing to be lastunless in our hearts we wishto truly be such. He authored a couple of â¦ "Mere silence is not wisdom, forwisdom consists of knowing when and how to speak,and when and where to keep silent. "(In III 29)"I ask you never to slander anyone,either directly or indirectly. "(LW I 5). "Necessary employments, according to each one'svocation, do not diminish devotion, but increase it"(T XII 5)"Genuine devotion is consistent with every stateof life. He was consecrated a bishop in 1602 and together with St. Jane Frances de Chantal, founded the Institute of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1607, which was meant to help young women and widows who were called to religious life. "What is the bed of tribulation?It is simply the school of humility. After all, they are many things in life - our family, our friends, our livelihood, our health, our dreams - that are important to us. "(LR I 6)"Those who can preserve gentleness amid pains,and peace amid the worry andmultitude of affairs,is almost perfect. With devastating effect. "Salt and sugar are both excellent things,but too much of eitherspoils the dish. The "Introduction" is recognized as a masterpiece of mystical and devotional literature. "(In I 2)"No matter where we arewe must aspire to aperfect life. His father sent him to a good school when he was young, and he received spiritual formation from the Jesuits. "(S VII 9)"It takes more oil than vinegarto make a good salad. âDo not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.â â Francis de Sales. "(C XII)"Fear is a greater evil that the evil itself. "(In III 8)"When we discover that our lute is out of tunewe must neither break the stringsnor throw the instrument aside. The practice of devotion - the practice of true love - is usually found somewhere in the middle. And after having said the sacred words, âLord, I am not worthy,â do not make any further movement whatever, either in prayer or otherwise, but gently opening your mouth, in the fullness of faith, hope, and love, receive him in whom, by whom, and through whom you believe, hope, and love. Preaching during the Counter-Reformation, he is estimated to have converted 70,000 Calvinists in his lifetime. Flowers from the Garden of Saint Francis for Every Day of the Year â audiobook. Bishop Thomas also offers the Sunday Mass on YouTube. "(In III 1)"Comets appear to be larger than stars and morefanfare is generally made of them.Yet, they are not comparable to stars either in sizeor in quality and only seem more spectacularbecause they are closer. "(LR III 19)"Those who acknowledge the truth about themselvesIn humility are happy to discover othersWho agree with them. In late 1608, St. Francis de Sales, the Catholic Bishop of Geneva, published his first edition of the Introduction to the Devout Life. All of the above? While almost always taken from within a larger context, these quotes provide convenient distillations of his rich insights on the love of God, self, others and the created order. Francis de Sales was born in the Savoy district of France in 1567 and ordained a priest in 1593. St. Francis de Sales 195 W. 13th St. Holland, MI 49423. 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