Francis de Sales: Living in God’s Presence, Part 2

"...Before prayer, we must always excite in our souls a lively apprehension of the presence of God, such as David conceived when he exclaimed: "If I ascend up to heaven, O my God, thou art there; if I descend into hell, thou art there!"¹ In the previous post in this series, we were reminded that... Continue Reading →

Francis de Sales: Living in God’s Presence, Part 1

"...There is not a place in the world in which He is not truly present; so that as birds, wherever they fly, always meet with the air, so we, wherever we go or wherever we are, always find God present." ¹ In my previous posts on Francis de Sales, we looked at four ways to find... Continue Reading →

Francis de Sales: (Not) An Ordinary Life, Part 1

First published in 1609, Francis de Sales' book, Introduction to the Devout Life, is considered a spiritual classic by both Protestants and Catholics. De Sales wrote to give spiritual instruction to the common folk, encouraging them to aspire to a deeply personal and meaningful relationship with God.  "My purpose is to instruct those who...are obliged to live... Continue Reading →

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