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

From the monthly archives: December 2011

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Real devotion to Jesus is a major commitment

St. Francis de Sales

December 12, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Real devotion to Jesus Christ is a major commitment. So many people today say they are too busy, so busy that they don't have time for a life committed to Jesus.

Alternatively, some will say, "My work is my prayer." Well, work can be prayer, but only if it is rooted in special times of devotion. Your love for your wife or husband will not grow unless you make time to get off the treadmill and actually talk to her or him with complete attention. Why would our relationship with God be different?

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To fly like an eagle, you must keep flapping your wings

St. Francis de Sales

December 5, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Our reflections on St. Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life now enter the home stretch. The fifth and final part of the Introduction focuses appropriately on "Exercises and Instructions for Renewing the Soul and Confirming it in Devotion."

That is, we have spent the last 21 weeks learning the basics on loving God; how can we ensure that those lessons stay with us?

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