The spirit of s. Francis de Sales, tr. [and abridged] by the author of 'Life of s. Francis de Sales'.

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Contents

Of spiritual dryness
16
Necessity of combining selfdenial with prayer
17
His sy mpathy
18
On The Last Things 1 The fear of death
19
On long life and the wish for death
21
On the wish to
22
The best preparation for death
23
The memory of the departed
24
On the Word of God AND ON SPIRITUAL
34
ON THE SACRAMENTS OF PENANCE AND
40
ON DEVOTION to the Blessed Virgin
46
Dn the practice of Holiness CHAPTER I GenERAL REMARKS PAGE
48
Natural disposition and its use in attaining holiness
49
Inward amendment the first essential
50
Progress consists less in doing much than in doing a little well
51
Natural impetuosity to be resisted
52
Hurry a foe to holiness
53
Of the virtues to be specially preferred
55
Of little virtues
56
Magdalene at the foot of the Cross
58
Of faithfulness in little things XI Attention to trifling matters
59
ON CHARITYTHE Root AND FOUNDATION OF ALL VIRTUE I Charity the test of holiness
62
Charity in trifles
63
Charity before all things
64
The miracles of love
65
Of the benefit of vows VI Wherein true love consists
66
The love of complaisance
67
The love of benevolence
68
Desire for Divine Love the best means of spiritual progress
69
Holy longings
70
The true signs of holy love
71
The fear of God and its close union with pure love
72
The measure of love of
73
The purity of Francis own love of
74
Ou mourir ou aimer
75
On Purity Of INTENTION PAGE I We must cast aside earthly longings
77
Selflove and love of self
78
How to supply the lack of intention in good works
81
On Conformity to Gods Will I Nothing can happen to us save through Gods Will
83
Selfabandonment in Gods Hands
84
A saying of Tauler
85
Evenness of mind V Resignation holy indifference and simple waiting on Gods Will
86
Inward peace amid trials
87
Calmness in danger
88
Calm amid storm IX Waiting on the Lord amid troubles
90
Rest in God amid earthly losses
91
God our Refuge in calumny XII Resignation in illness
92
Perfect resignation knows no exceptions
94
The Bishops calmness in sickness
95
On Patience I Impatient murmurs
97
Complaint a sign of impatience
98
The Bishop checks M de Belleys complaints
99
A similar rebuke
100
de Belley complains again
102
How to make a good use of unjust accusations
105
An instance of the Bishops own patience
106
The Bishops forbearance
107
How to encounter calumny
109
Patience under misrepresentation ΙΙΟ
110
Concerning long illnesses
114
The Bishops reverence for the sick
115
His own patience in sickness
116
On Humility
117
ON CHRISTIAN Poverty
144
ON MORTIFICATION
154
ON Chastity
167
How to bear our neighbours burden
181
Importunity
182
Reproof
183
How to test the charity of our reproofs
184
Ibid xix Loving rebuke a proof of friendship
186
XXII The Bishops ingenuity in excusing others
189
Holiness better than learning
190
Love of our enemies
192
Dislikes
193
Reconciliation
195
Justice
197
ON RECREATION AND Society ca 1 How Francis used everything as a means to draw nearer to God
199
The Bishops sad time
201
Society and conversation
202
Fraternal correction
203
Our words
204
How to speak of God
205
Evil speaking
206
Contradiction
207
Ridicule
208
XII The Bishops playfulness
209
A playful rebuke
210
Falsehood
211
Duplicity
212
Prudence and simplicity
213
The Bishops dislike for politics
214
Anxiety as to our state of grace
225
Hope and fear XI The signs of sanctifying grace
226
Francis de Sales own mental trials
227
Sensible devotion
228
How to accept spiritual dryness
229
Ibid
231
Inward consolations
232
Discontent with ones actual condition
233
Joy and sadness
234
PART III
236
He refuses the Archbishopric of Paris
237
His wish for retirement
238
The danger of high positions
239
Obedience as practised by Superiors
241
Did the Apostles go about in carriages?
242
The Bishops indifference to worldly goods
244
Characteristics of true zeal
245
Francis zeal for souls
246
He tranquillises M de Belleys fears
247
The episcopal charge
248
The difficulties of the pastoral office
249
Temptations to discouragement
251
God bears His servants burden
252
Bishop Camuss wish to resign
254
S Federigo Borromeo
256
Men must not shrink from the duties of their ministry
259
Precautions as to womens visits
262
Francis sought by women
263
ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS I Daily celebration
265
Preparation and thanksgiving
266
The Bishops readiness to receive little offerings
268
Diversity in direction
269
Encouragement to the penitent
270
The Bishops dealings with a despairing criminal
271
Francis dealings with penitents
273
The Bishops tenderness
274
His dealings with the sick
275
His dealings with the dying
276
ON PREACHING I Importance of frequent preaching
279
Francis zeal in preaching
280
Francis readiness to preach
281
Francis de Sales preaching in Paris
282
Indifference to the worlds opinion
284
Saying and doing
285
Magniloquence
288
XI The Bishop of Belley makes amends
290
The Bishop of Belley seeks to imitate Francis de Sales
291
IIltimed praise
293
How to use Holy Scripture in preaching
294
Short sermons
295
Small congregations
296
Scolding the absent
297
Incident in Annecy Cathedral 200
298
ON ECCLESIASTICAL ADMINISTRATION I The first duty of a Bishop is vigilance
300
All for love
301
The Bishops treatment of erring ecclesiastics
302
The power of gentleness
303
Conversion of a sinful priest
304
Competition for benefices
305
Difficulties of administration
306
Obedience to secular powers
307
A Bishops responsibility in temporal matters
308
Dispensations
311
A refusal
312
COUNSELS AS TO THE GUIDANCE OF COMMUNITIES 1 The Bishops opinion of monasteries
314
Advantages of solitude
315
The trials of solitude
318
The spirit of a religious life
319
The weak to be cared for
320
Reform
322
The value of labour
323
The Order of the Visitation
325
Madame de Chantal
326
The founder of the Visitation
327
Difficulty of finding good Superiors
328
Community life
329
A dying Religious
330
Government of religious houses
332
Superiors
333
Complaints of Superiors unlawful
334
Superiors themselves subject
335
Stedfastness in vocation
337
Obedience
338
Poverty
339
Simplicity
340
The signs of a true vocation
341
ON DEALINGS WITH HERESY I Francis gift of converting heretics
343
How to deal with controversy in preaching
344
Gentleness in controversy
346
Maréchal de Lesdiguières
347
A challenge
348

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Page 186 - I charge thee therefore, before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing, and his kingdom ; preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.
Page 251 - A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
Page 111 - Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
Page 145 - I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Page 53 - I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh : that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ : in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Page 204 - If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
Page 300 - Moses' seat : all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do ; but do not ye after their works : for they say, and do not.
Page 64 - As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. " If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God...
Page 81 - God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, By whom all things were made: Who for us men, and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man, And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
Page 242 - And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews ; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law...

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