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Are You Prepared for Eternal Life?

February 18, 2014 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 14 of 14) Reflect that virtue and devotion alone can satisfy your soul in this world; behold how lovely they are; consider the virtues and their opposing vices. How precious is patience compared with revenge, gentleness compared with anger and passion, humility compared with arrogance and ambition, liberality compared with avarice, charity compared with envy,... Read More

The Perfect Chapters for February

February 11, 2014 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 13 of 14) Prayer is a sovereign remedy, for it raises the soul to God, who is our only joy and consolation; but in prayer let your emotions and words, whether inward or outward, conduce to trust and love of God; such as, O God of pity, Merciful and Good God, Loving Saviour, God of my heart, my Joy, my Hope, my Beloved Spouse, Beloved of my soul, and such as... Read More

Climbing the Mountain of Christian Perfection

February 4, 2014 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 12 of 14) But as you gaze upon the steep mountain of Christian perfection: “Alas!” you exclaim, “how shall I ever ascend it?” Be of good cheer; when the young bees begin to take their form they are called nymphs, and are unable to fly to the neighboring flowers or hills and valleys in search of honey, but by degrees, being fed with the honey provided... Read More

Bloom Where You’re Planted

January 28, 2014 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 11 of 14) We accuse our neighbors in little things, but we excuse ourselves in great things. We seek to buy cheap and sell dear. We demand justice towards others, but towards ourselves mercy and indulgence. We would have none find fault with our words, but we are sensitive and captious to the words of others. We would fain make our neighbor give up any property... Read More

How to Overcome Day to Day Annoyances?

January 21, 2014 by  
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  An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 10 of 14) …meekly endure all little evils, trifling inconveniences, and unimportant losses, which happen daily; for by using these little opportunities with a good and loving purpose you will overcome your heart and have it entirely under control. All such trifles, as the daily chances of life – this headache, toothache, or fever, the perversity... Read More

Friendship: What It Is and What It Isn’t

January 14, 2014 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 9 of 14) Some will tell you that it is better to have no especial friendships or attachments, that they engross the heart, distract the mind, and foster jealousies; but such are mistaken. They have read in the works of saints and devout writers that individual attachments and excessive friendships are hurtful in the religious life, and imagine it to be the... Read More

Welcome Sarah Reinhard to the Book Club!

January 7, 2014 by  
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Welcome back!  I hope you’ve been enjoying this Blessed Christmas Season!  I also hope you are ready to roll because we have quite a bit of ground to cover this week!  First, after our two-week break, we need to discuss our latest assignment from An Introduction to the Devout Life.  Second, I’d like you to meet my new cohort, Sarah Reinhard, who has graciously agreed to moderate the book... Read More

Book Club Members – – Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2013 by  
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Book Club Members Merry Christmas!!!! Book Club Members Merry Christmas!!!! Just a reminder that there will be no book club discussion this week or next week, as we are taking a break for the holidays!!!  Will meet you back here on January 7, 2014 to discuss Week Seven of An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. Happy Reading!   Reading Assignment: Week 7 Part 3: Chapter... Read More

Do You Struggle to be Gentle – with Yourself?

December 17, 2013 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 7 of 14) One of the forms in which we should practice gentleness regards ourselves, in never growing irritable with ourselves or our imperfections; for, although, in reason we must be vexed and angry with ourselves when we commit faults, yet we ought to guard against a bitter, fretful displeasure, or spiteful anger with ourselves. Some make a great mistake... Read More

Everyday Virtues

December 10, 2013 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 6 of 14) We have but rarely opportunities for the practice of courage, magnanimity, and great sacrifices. But every action of our daily life should be influenced by gentleness, temperance, humility, and purity. Some qualities may be more eminent, but these are the most needful. Sugar is more agreeable than salt, but salt is in much more universal requisition.... Read More

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