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

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The Eucharist: Dew from heaven

St. Francis de Sales

July 25, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. Francis de Sales recommends any person seeking to grow in the love of God receive Communion frequently. By "frequently," he means at least every second week, preferably every Sunday.

Frequent Communion, he says, will benefit you spiritually. "By adoring and eating beauty, purity and goodness itself in this divine sacrament, you will become wholly beautiful, wholly good and wholly pure."

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Pebble by pebble, you can build a mountain of prayer

St. Francis de Sales

July 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. If it's going to be done well then it must be done often.

Take physical fitness, for example. To keep healthy and spry, it just won't suffice to go for a weekly one-hour walk. Strenuous activity needs to happen frequently, daily if possible, to maintain even a modicum of heart-lung fitness.

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Prayer is the sure pathway to walking in God's love

St. Francis de Sales

July 11, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Even in the time of St. Francis de Sales, 400 years ago, people felt they didn't know how to pray. Today, we live in the most secularized of all ages. It is easy to turn to things, not so easy to turn towards God. A million distractions beset us. Indeed, more than a secular age, ours might be characterized as a distracted age.

Still the human heart, yearning as it does for infinity, is tied to the earth. That is true in all epochs. So in his Introduction to the Devout Life, Francis not only wanted to encourage people to pray, he felt he must give them a method.

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Meditating on ultimate things can spur spiritual growth

St. Francis de Sales

July 4, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey asks his readers to meditate on their own funeral. Think about what you would like people to say at your funeral — a family member, a friend, a co-worker and a member of your church.

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