St. Francis de Sales -- Introduction to the Devout Life

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Marriages rooted in exploitation unlikely to grow and flourish

St. Francis de Sales

October 31, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Even 400 years ago, the business of Church weddings was a rocky one.

"Would to God that his well-beloved Son were invited to every marriage as he was to the marriage at Cana," wrote St. Francis de Sales, bishop, theologian and evangelizer. "Then the wine of his compassion and blessing would never be lacking to it.

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Our amusements are a serious business

St. Francis de Sales

October 24, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Some might wonder why St. Francis de Sales devotes attention to how one's recreation activities affect his or her spiritual life. Everyone needs recreation after all and, as long as one stays away from the most hideous forms of activity, one should have free rein in deciding how to spend one's free time. Right?

Francis is quick to agree that everyone needs recreation. "It is undoubtedly a defect," he writes in his Introduction to the Devout Life, "to be so strict, ill-bred, uncouth and austere as neither to take recreation ourselves nor to allow it to others." Every person needs to relax both mind and body.

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More sins committed with the tongue than with the fist

St. Francis de Sales

October 17, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the past 33 years, I have had the great privilege of being a print journalist. At almost every newspaper where I have worked, I've had the responsibility of writing editorials, columns or other opinion pieces.

This responsibility carries with it the opportunity of forming the public mind for good or evil. I still look back with sorrow on those occasions when I used that opportunity and my own gifts for stinging criticism of others.

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Friends can be dangerous

St. Francis de Sales

October 10, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Friends are a good thing. People, after all, are social in nature. We rightly feel sorry for the person with no friends because he or she is trapped in a solitary existence. Friends are people who, by their very existence, call us out of ourselves. A good friend is one of life's richest blessings.

In that regard, it is shocking to read St. Francis de Sales' warning, "Friendship is the most dangerous of all types of love." One should not form any friendship except a spiritual friendship, he says.

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Poverty means losing freedom to do whatever you want

St. Francis de Sales

October 3, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Poverty is a virtue. So says St. Francis de Sales. "No man is ready ever to admit that he is avaricious. Everyone denies having so base and mean a heart."

OK. I won't admit that I'm avaricious. Those times I bought 6/49 tickets in the hope of launching into an early and comfortable retirement, it wasn't really me doing it. Actually, I had honourable motives. Gotta feed, clothe and educate those four kids, you know. A couple million bucks would help that project.

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