Maxims and counsels of st. Francis de Sales, tr. by E. McMahon

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Page 82 - ... our perfection, which consists in the union of our soul with the divine Goodness, there is no question of knowing much but of doing.
Page 168 - SELF-EXAMINATION THE difficulty of understanding one's own nature, which was dealt with in the last section, may be overcome to some extent by honest, careful, regular, systematic and detailed self-examination. This is prescribed...
Page 186 - God, because we aspire to Him, and we aspire to Him that we may retire to Him...
Page 105 - None, for I am where my master placed me, and his pleasure is the sole object of my existence." My daughter, what better prayer, what better way of abiding in God's Presence, than to give oneself up to His Will and Pleasure ? I think Magdalene was as a statue in its niche when she sat motionless, silent, maybe without even gazing upon Him, at her Saviour's Feet, listening...
Page 92 - Those who aspire to the pure love of God have not so much need of patience with others as need of patience with themselves.
Page 186 - ... the dead the overpassers, intimating that death amongst men is but a passing over from one life to another, and that to die is no other thing but to overpass the confines of this mortal life, to enter the immortal. True it is, our will can no more die than our soul, yet does it sometimes go out of the limits of its ordinary life, to live wholly in the Divine Will. This is when it neither wills nor cares to desire anything at all, but gives itself over totally and without reserve to the good pleasure...
Page 84 - I say, then, that we must die in order that God may live in us, for it is impossible to acquire union with God by any other means than mortification. These words, " We must die," are hard, but they are followed by a great sweetness, and this sweetness is union with God.
Page 166 - I would rather account to God for too great gentleness than for too great severity. Is not God all love ? God the Father is the Father of mercy ; God the Son is a Lamb ; God the Holy Ghost is a Dove — that is, gentleness itself. And are you wiser than God?
Page 106 - God even in sleep ; for we betake ourselves to sleep in his sight, at his good pleasure, and by his will ; and when we wake, we find that he is there, nigh unto us : he has not moved, nor have we.
Page 91 - Lastly, observe this : whilst the temptation is displeasing to you, there is nothing to fear : for why does it displease you...

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