Francis de Sales: Living in God’s Presence, Part 3

"...Consider our Savior in His humanity looking down from heaven on all mankind, but especially on Christians, who are His children; and more particularly on such as are at prayer, whose actions and behavior He minutely observes." ¹ In this four-part series, we are examining Francis de Sales' recommendations for how to be aware of God... Continue Reading →

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: (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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