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100 Francis De Sales Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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Go to your confessor; open your heart to him; display to him all the recesses of your soul; take the advice that he will give you with the utmost humility and simplicity. For God, Who has an infinite love for obedience, frequently renders profitable the counsels we take from others, but especially from those who are the guides of our souls.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Go to your confessor; open your heart to him; display to him all the recesses
Mount Calvary is the academy of love.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Mount Calvary is the academy of love.
Prayer for a Time of Suffering O Lord Jesus, by your incomparable sadness and by the unparalleled desolation that seized your divine heart on the Mount of Olives and on the Cross, and by the desolation of your dear Mother when she lost you, be our joy, or at least be our strength, now while your Cross and Passion are so closely joined to our hearts.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Prayer for a Time of Suffering O Lord Jesus, by your incomparable sadness and by
Go in all simplicity; do not be anxious to win a quiet mind, and it will be all the quieter. Do not examine so closely into the progress of your soul. Do not crave too much to be perfect, but let your spiritual life beformed by your duties, and by the actions which are called forth by circumstances.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Go in all simplicity; do not be anxious to win a quiet mind, and it
In so far as divine love beautifies our souls. And makes us pleasing to His divine Majesty, it is called grace; in so far as it gives us strength to do good, it is called charity; but when it reaches such a degree of perfection, that it makes us not only do the good, but do so carefully, frequently and readily, then it is called devotion.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: In so far as divine love beautifies our souls. And makes us pleasing to His
Our possessions are not ours- God has given them to us to cultivate, that we may make them fruitful and profitable in His Service, and so doing we shall please Him.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Our possessions are not ours- God has given them to us to cultivate, that we
If He is with me I care not where I go.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: If He is with me I care not where I go.
Fear is a greater evil than evil itself. O you of little faith: what is it you fear? Do not be afraid. You are walking on water, amid wind and wave, but you are with Jesus. What is there to fear? If fear takes hold of you, cry out strongly, "O Lord, save me!" He will hold out a hand to you. Hold on tight, and go forward with joy.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Fear is a greater evil than evil itself. O you of little faith: what is
There are many who say to the Lord, "I give myself wholly to Thee, without any reserve," but there are few who embrace the practice of this abandonment, which consists in receiving with a certain indifference every sort of event, as it happens in conformity with Divine Providence, as well afflictions as consolations, contempt and reproaches as honor and glory.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: There are many who say to the Lord, "I give myself wholly to Thee, without
Provided that God be glorified, we must not care by whom.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Provided that God be glorified, we must not care by whom.
Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a
It is the mark of a mean, vulgar and ignoble spirit to dwell on the thought of food before meal times or worse to dwell on it afterwards, to discuss it and wallow in the remembered pleasures of every mouthful. Those whose minds dwell before dinner on the spit, and after on the dishes, are fit only to be scullions.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: It is the mark of a mean, vulgar and ignoble spirit to dwell on the
All true and living devotion presupposes the love of God and indeed it is neither more nor less than a very real love of God, though not always of the same kind; for that Love one while shining on the soul we call grace, which makes us acceptable to His Divine Majesty; when it strengthens us to do well, it is called Charity; but when it attains its fullest perfection, in which it not only leads us to do well, but to act carefully, diligently, and promptly, then it is called Devotion.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: All true and living devotion presupposes the love of God and indeed it is neither
If you would fall into any extreme, let it be on the side of gentleness. The human mind is so constructed that it resists rigor, and yields to softness.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: If you would fall into any extreme, let it be on the side of gentleness.
The Prayer of the sick person is his patience and his acceptance of his sickness for the love of Jesus Christ. Make sickness itself a prayer, for there is none more powerful, save martyrdom!Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: The Prayer of the sick person is his patience and his acceptance of his sickness
Whatever happens, abide steadfast in a determination to cling simply to God.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Whatever happens, abide steadfast in a determination to cling simply to God.
Faith is like a bright ray of sun light. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Faith is like a bright ray of sun light. It enables us to see God
The merit of the cross does not consist in its heaviness, but in the manner in which we carry it. I would even say that it is sometimes more virtuous to carry a cross of straw than a heavy cross because we have to be more attentive for fear of losing it.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: The merit of the cross does not consist in its heaviness, but in the manner
If you have to do with one who is unquestionably a slanderer, do not excuse him by calling him frank and free-spoken; do not call one who is notoriously vain, liberal and elegant; do not call dangerous levities mere simplicity; do not screen disobedience under the name of zeal; or arrogance, of frankness; or evil intimacy, of friendship. No, my friends, we must never, in our wish to shun slander, foster or flatter vice in others: but we must call evil evil, and sin sin, and so doing we shall serve God's glory.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: If you have to do with one who is unquestionably a slanderer, do not excuse
The damned are in the abyss of Hell, as within a woeful city, where they suffer unspeakable torments, in all their senses and members, because as they have employed all their senses and their members in sinning, so shall they suffer in each of them the punishment due to sin.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: The damned are in the abyss of Hell, as within a woeful city, where they
God will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: God will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it.
It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but those who have the greatest courage, the greatest generosity, the greatest love, who make the boldest efforts to overcome themselves, and are not immediately apprehensive about tripping.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but
Let us think only of spending the present day well. Then when tomorrow shall have come, it will be called today, and then we will think about it.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Let us think only of spending the present day well. Then when tomorrow shall have
While extremely sensitive as to the slightest approach to slander, you must also guard against an extreme into which some people fall, who, in their desire to speak evil of no one, actually uphold and speak well of vice.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: While extremely sensitive as to the slightest approach to slander, you must also guard against
The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His holy Name, anointed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.St. Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By St. Francis De Sales: The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now
Grace is never wanting. God always gives sufficient grace to whoever is willing to receive it.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Grace is never wanting. God always gives sufficient grace to whoever is willing to receive
The King of Glory does not reward His servants according to the dignity of their office, but according to the humility and love with which they have exercised it.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: The King of Glory does not reward His servants according to the dignity of their
The whole world is not worth one soul.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: The whole world is not worth one soul.
Doing little things with a strong desire to please God makes them really great.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Doing little things with a strong desire to please God makes them really great.
Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.
Every moment comes to us pregnant with a command from God, only to pass on and plunge into eternity, there to remain forever what we have made of it.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Every moment comes to us pregnant with a command from God, only to pass on
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, not even if your whole world seems upset. If you find that you have wandered away from the shelter of God, lead your heart back to Him quietly and simply.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, not even if your whole world
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will gibe you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. he is not only with me, but in me and I in Him.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares
When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them
We may be excused for not always being bright, but we are not excused for not being gracious, yielding and considerate.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: We may be excused for not always being bright, but we are not excused for
Though perseverance does not come from our power, yet it comes from within our power.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Though perseverance does not come from our power, yet it comes from within our power.
Hell is full of good intentions and wills.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Hell is full of good intentions and wills.
Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with others, and talk to God.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged
This disputation would be needful against freethinkers (les Libertins). We are agreed on this point and those who are so mad as to contradict it can only rest their contradiction on the Scripture itself, contradicting themselves before contradicting the Scripture, using it in the very protestation which they make that they will not use it.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: This disputation would be needful against freethinkers (les Libertins). We are agreed on this point
We must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: We must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be
Have contempt for contempt.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Have contempt for contempt.
God desires from us more fidelity to the little things that he places in our power than ardor for great things that do not depend upon us.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: God desires from us more fidelity to the little things that he places in our
Good feelings, when they depart, recommend to us the pursuit of virtue in their absence; indeed it is for our growth in virtue that they are given to us. The bad ones suggest that when they depart, virtue does too, and they leave us dispirited. In brief, good feelings do not call for love, but only for us to love the One who sends them, while the bad ones want us to love them above all things. Good feelings impel us to seek virtue; bad ones to seek feelings themselves.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Good feelings, when they depart, recommend to us the pursuit of virtue in their absence;
Examine your heart often to see if it is such toward your neighbor as you would like his to be toward you were you in his place. This is the touchstone of true reason.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Examine your heart often to see if it is such toward your neighbor as you
What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean of patience.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean
Make yourself familiar with the angels and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Make yourself familiar with the angels and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being
Many would be willing to have afflictions provided that they not be inconvenienced by them.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Many would be willing to have afflictions provided that they not be inconvenienced by them.
Little deeds that proceed from charity please God and have their place among meritorious acts.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Little deeds that proceed from charity please God and have their place among meritorious acts.
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.Do not lose
Don't panic. Midway through writing a novel, I have regularly experienced moments of bowel-curdling terror, as I contemplate the drivel on the screen before me and see beyond it, in quick succession, the derisive reviews, the friends' embarrassment, the failing career, the dwindling income, the repossessed house, the divorce ... Working doggedly on through crises like these, however, has always got me there in the end. Leaving the desk for a while can help. Talking the problem through can help me recall what I was trying to achieve before I got stuck. Going for a long walk almost always gets me thinking about my manuscript in a slightly new way. And if all else fails, there's prayer. St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers, has often helped me out in a crisis. If you want to spread your net more widely, you could try appealing to Calliope, the muse of epic poetry, too.Sarah Waters Francis De Sales Sayings By Sarah Waters: Don't panic. Midway through writing a novel, I have regularly experienced moments of bowel-curdling terror,
I see crosses at every turn. My flesh shudders over it, but my heart adores them. Yes, I hail you, crosses little and great, I hail you, and kiss your feet, unworthy of the honor of your shadow.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: I see crosses at every turn. My flesh shudders over it, but my heart adores
Especially beware of bad books; and for nothing in the world let your soul be carried away by certain writings which weak brains admire, because of some vain subtleties which they find therein.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Especially beware of bad books; and for nothing in the world let your soul be
He who stays not in his littleness, loses his greatness.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: He who stays not in his littleness, loses his greatness.
Do not scrutinize so closely whether you are doing much or little, ill or well, so long as what you do is not sinful and that you are heartily seeking to do everything for God. Try as far as you can to do everything well, but when it is done, do not think about it. Try, rather, to think of what is to be done next. Go on simply in the Lord's way, and do not torment yourself. We ought to hate our faults, but with a quiet, calm hatred; not pettishly and anxiously.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Do not scrutinize so closely whether you are doing much or little, ill or well,
All the science of the Saints is included in these two things: To do, and to suffer. And whoever had done these two things best, has made himself most saintly.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: All the science of the Saints is included in these two things: To do, and
There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love - every man works his oar voluntarily!Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love - every man works
Holy Scripture is in such sort the rule of the Christian faith that we are obliged by every kind of obligation to believe most exactly all that it contains and not to believe anything which may be ever so little contrary to it, for if Our Lord himself has sent the Jews to it894 to strengthen their faith, it must be a most safe standard. The Sadducees erred because they did not understand the Scriptures;895 they would have done better to attend to them, as to a light shin ing in a dark place, according to the advice of S. Peter,896 who having himself heard the voice of the Father in the transfiguration of the Son, bases himself more firmly on the testimony of the prophets than on this experience.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Holy Scripture is in such sort the rule of the Christian faith that we are
Don't get upset with your imperfections. It's a great mistake because it leads nowhere - to get angry because you are angry, upset at being upset, depressed at being depressed, disappointed because you are disappointed. So don't fool yourself. Simply surrender to the Power of God's Love, which is always greater than our weakness.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Don't get upset with your imperfections. It's a great mistake because it leads nowhere -
The truly patient man neither complains of his hard lot nor desires to be pitied by others. He speaks of his sufferings in a natural, true, and sincere way, without murmuring, complaining, or exaggerating them.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: The truly patient man neither complains of his hard lot nor desires to be pitied
And when children begin to use their reason, fathers and mothers should take great pains to fill their hearts with the fear of God. This the good Queen Blanche did most earnestly by St. Louis, her son: witness her oft-repeated words, "My son, I would sooner see you die than guilty of a mortal sin;" words which sank so deeply into the saintly monarch's heart, that he himself said there was no day on which they did not recur to his mind, and strengthen him in treading God's ways.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: And when children begin to use their reason, fathers and mothers should take great pains
Be patient and one day you will be in Heaven, where there will be only peace and joy ... You will possess an enduring tranquility and rest.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Be patient and one day you will be in Heaven, where there will be only
If after all your efforts you cannot succeed, you could not please our Lord more than by sacrificing to Him your will, and remaining in tranquility, humility, and devotion, entirely conformed and submissive to His divine will and good pleasure.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: If after all your efforts you cannot succeed, you could not please our Lord more
If your church continues in this liberty of conscience, making no scruple to take away what she pleases, soon the Scripture will fail you, and you will have to be satisfied with the Institutes of Calvin, which must indeed have I know not what excellence, since they censure the Scriptures themselves!Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: If your church continues in this liberty of conscience, making no scruple to take away
Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms
The many troubles in your household will tend to your edification, if you strive to bear them all in gentleness, patience, and kindness. Keep this ever before you, and remember constantly that God's loving eyes are upon you amid all these little worries and vexations, watching whether you take them as He would desire. Offer up all such occasions to Him, and if sometimes you are put out, and give way to impatience, do not be discouraged, but make haste to regain your lost composure.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: The many troubles in your household will tend to your edification, if you strive to
I have the same opinion of dances that physicians have of mushrooms: the best of them are good for nothing.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: I have the same opinion of dances that physicians have of mushrooms: the best of
He will unfailingly be pleased with our patience and take note of our diligence and perseverance.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: He will unfailingly be pleased with our patience and take note of our diligence and
In short, devotion is simply a spiritual activity and liveliness by means of which Divine Love works in us, and causes us to work briskly and lovingly; and just as charity leads us to a general practice of all God's Commandments, so devotion leads us to practise them readily and diligently. And therefore we cannot call him who neglects to observe all God's Commandments either good or devout, because in order to be good, a man must be filled with love, and to be devout, he must further be very ready and apt to perform the deeds of love. And forasmuch as devotion consists in a high degree of real love, it not only makes us ready, active, and diligent in following all God's Commands, but it also excites us to be ready and loving in performing as many good works as possible, even such as are not enjoined upon us, but are only matters of counsel or inspiration.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: In short, devotion is simply a spiritual activity and liveliness by means of which Divine
A judicious silence is always better than truth spoken without charity.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: A judicious silence is always better than truth spoken without charity.
The greatest defect we have in our prayers and in all that happens to us, particularly in that which concerns tribulations, is our lack of confidence ... Faith is great or little according to the measure of our confidence.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: The greatest defect we have in our prayers and in all that happens to us,
Many great persons have been of opinion that love is no other thing than complacency itself, in which they have had much appearance of reason. For not only does the movement of love take its origin from the complacency which the heart feels at the first approach of good, and find its end in a second complacency which returns to the heart by union with the thing beloved
but further, it depends for its preservation on this complacency, and can only subsist through it as through its mother and nurse; so that as soon as the complacency ceases, love ceases.
Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Many great persons have been of opinion that love is no other thing than complacency
Humor is the foundation of reconciliation.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Humor is the foundation of reconciliation.
Everybody finds themselves sometimes deficient in what they need, and put to inconvenience ... the richest people may easily be without something they want, and that is practically to suffer poverty. Accept such occurrences cheerfully, rejoice in them, bear them willingly.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Everybody finds themselves sometimes deficient in what they need, and put to inconvenience ... the
We must be very faithful, but without anxiety or eagerness; we must use the means that are given to us according to our vocation, and then remain in peace concerning all the rest. For God ... will always be attentive to provide us with whatever is necessary.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: We must be very faithful, but without anxiety or eagerness; we must use the means
Strive when your meditation is ended to retain the thoughts and resolutions you have made as your earnest practice throughout the day. This is the real fruit of meditation, without which it is apt to be unprofitable, if not actually harmful - inasmuch as to dwell upon virtues without practising them lends to puff us up with unrealities, until we begin to fancy ourselves all that we have meditated upon and resolved to be; which is all very well if our resolutions are earnest and substantial, but on the contrary hollow and dangerous if they are not put in practice.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Strive when your meditation is ended to retain the thoughts and resolutions you have made
Oh, if it were lawful for men, in order to raise their opinions on horseback, to use the Scripture as stirrups, to lengthen and shorten them, each one to his own size, where, I beg you, should we be? Do you not perceive the stratagem? All authority is taken away from tradition, the Church, the Councils, the pastors: what further remains? The Scripture. The enemy is crafty. If he would tear it all away at once he would cause an alarm; he takes away a great part of it in the very beginning, then first one piece, then the other, at last he will have you stripped entirely, without Scripture and without Word of God.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Oh, if it were lawful for men, in order to raise their opinions on horseback,
One of the best exercises in meekness we can perform is when the subject Is in ourselves. We must not fret over our own imperfections. Although reason requires that we must be displeased and sorry whenever we commit a fault we must refrain from bitter, gloomy,spiteful, and emotional displeasure. Many people are greatly at fault in this way. When overcome by anger they become angry at being angry, disturbed at being disturbed and vexed at being vexed. By such means they keep their hearts drenched and steeped in passion.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: One of the best exercises in meekness we can perform is when the subject Is
Let the enemy rage at the gate; let him knock, pound, scream, howl; let him do his worst. We know for certain that he cannot enter our soul except by the door of our consent.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Let the enemy rage at the gate; let him knock, pound, scream, howl; let him
Be patient, you are in good company. Our Lord Himself, our Lady, the apostles, and countless saints, both men and women, have been poor.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Be patient, you are in good company. Our Lord Himself, our Lady, the apostles, and
When all shall fail us, then God will take care of us, and then all will not fail us since we shall have God.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: When all shall fail us, then God will take care of us, and then all
Even as a man just recovering from illness walks only so far as he is obliged to go, with a slow and weary step, so the converted sinner journeys along as far as God commands him but slowly and wearily, until he attains a spirit of true devotion, and then, like a sound man, he not only gets along, but he runs and leaps in the way of God's Commands, and hastens gladly along the paths of heavenly counsels and inspirations.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Even as a man just recovering from illness walks only so far as he is
He who can preserve gentleness amid pains, and peace amid worry multitude of affairs, is almost perfect.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: He who can preserve gentleness amid pains, and peace amid worry multitude of affairs, is
We are crucified to the world, and the world must be as crucified to us. It esteems us as fools, let us esteem it as mad.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: We are crucified to the world, and the world must be as crucified to us.
Is it not a great temptation to be so valiant in imagination and so cowardly in execution?Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Is it not a great temptation to be so valiant in imagination and so cowardly
The children of the world are all separated one from another because their hearts are in different places; but the children of God, having their heart where their treasure is, and all having only one treasure which is the same God, are, consequently, always joined and united together.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: The children of the world are all separated one from another because their hearts are
There are two sorts of good wills. The one says, "I would do well, but it gives me trouble, and I will not do it." The other, "I wish to do well, but I have not as much power as I have will; it is this which holds me back." The first fills Hell, the second Paradise.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: There are two sorts of good wills. The one says, "I would do well, but
We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God. If at times we are somewhat stunned by the tempest, never fear. Let us take breath, and go on afresh.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our
My God, I marvel that I am still so full of myself after having so often received Communion! O dear Jesus, be the child inside of us, so that we feel within and breathe forth nothing but you. Alas, you are so often within me; why am I so rarely in you? You enter into me; why am I so often outside of you? You are in my very self; why am I not in yours, to find there the great love of yours that transports our hearts?Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: My God, I marvel that I am still so full of myself after having so
Be neat, Philothea; let nothing be negligent about you. It is a kind of contempt of those with whom we converse, to frequent their company in uncomely apparel; but, at the same time, avoid all affectation, vanity, curiosity, or levity in your dress. Keep yourself always, as much as possible, on the side of plainness and modesty, which, without doubt, is the greatest ornament of beauty, and the best excuse for the want of it.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Be neat, Philothea; let nothing be negligent about you. It is a kind of contempt
Do not fret under such assistance as is needful; therein lies one great grace of poverty. It were overambitious to aim at being poor without suffering any inconvenience, in other words, to have the credit of poverty and the convenience of riches.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Do not fret under such assistance as is needful; therein lies one great grace of
Since God often sends us inspirations by means of His angels, we should frequently return our aspirations to him by means of the same messengers.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Since God often sends us inspirations by means of His angels, we should frequently return
He enables [his children] to walk before him; he holds their hand in difficulties; he himself carries them along in hardships that he sees as being otherwise unbearable to them.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: He enables [his children] to walk before him; he holds their hand in difficulties; he
The Burden of Work You are submerged by a flood of troubles that the size of your household places on your shoulders. You must, then, call upon our Lord all the more and beg for his holy help, so that the work you must do will be agreeable to him and so that you will embrace it for his honor and glory. Our days are few (cf. Job 14:1), and consequently our labor cannot be overlong. By means of a little patience, we will get through it with honor and contentment, for we have no greater consolation at the end of the day than to have worked hard and shouldered its pains.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: The Burden of Work You are submerged by a flood of troubles that the size
Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself ... do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself ... do not be disheartened by
Professions of humility are the very cream, the very essence of pride; the really humble person wishes to be, and not to appear so. Humility is timorous, and starts at her shadow; and so delicate that if she hears her name pronounced it endangers her existence.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Professions of humility are the very cream, the very essence of pride; the really humble
You must grow in love by means of the root, rather than the branches. (S II 7)Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: You must grow in love by means of the root, rather than the branches. (S
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.
Have patience to walk with short steps until you have wings to fly.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Have patience to walk with short steps until you have wings to fly.
Strive to see God in all things without exception. Do not smother yourself ... If you start smothering yourself with a host of cares and longings and wishes ... you will be disabling yourself from serving God with all your heart.Saint Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Saint Francis De Sales: Strive to see God in all things without exception. Do not smother yourself ... If
If we rebuke our heart by a calm, mild remonstrance, with more compassion for it than passion against it and encourage it to make amendment, then repentance conceived in this way will sink far deeper and penetrate more effectually than fretful, angry, stormy repentance.Francis De Sales Francis De Sales Sayings By Francis De Sales: If we rebuke our heart by a calm, mild remonstrance, with more compassion for it