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

On Mental Prayer I The importance of frequent meditation on the Passion of our Lord
11
It is not well to multiply acts of the affections in prayer
12
Simplicity in prayer
13
Concerning good resolutions
15
Of spiritual dryness
16
Necessity of combining selfdenial with prayer
17
On the Last Things I The fear of death
19
confidence in
20
On long life and the wish for death
21
On the wish to
22
The best preparation for death
23
On Interior Recollection and Aspiration
29
Of spiritual readingwhat books to select
36
On Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
46
flDn tTie Practice of holiness CHAPTER I General Remarks PAGE I Selfdeceit
48
Natural disposition and its use in attaining holiness
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Inward amendment the first essential
50
Progress consists less in doing much than in doing little well
51
Natural impetuosity to be resisted
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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
59
Mistaken judgments as to salvation
60
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
66
The love of complaisance
67
The love of benevolence
68
Desire for Divine Love the best means of spiritual progress
69
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The true signs of holy love
71
The fear of God and its close union with pure love
72
The measure of love of God
73
The purity of Francis own love of God
74
Ou mourir ou aimer
75
On Purity of Intention I We must cast aside earthly longings II What it is to walk in a Spirit of Faith
77
Selflove and love of self
78
Gods Glory the ultimate end of mans salvation V How to supply the lack of intention in good works PAGE
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On Conformity to Gods Will t I Nothing can happen to us save through Gods Will II Selfabandonment in Gods Hands
83
A saying of Tauter
85
Evenness of mind V Resignation holy indifference and simple waiting on Gcds 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 IV 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 VIII The Bishops forbearance
106
How to encounter calumny
109
Patience under misrepresentation
110
Patience in sickness
112
Concerning long illnesses
114
The Bishops reverence for the sick
115
His own patience in sickness
116
Humble words
126
How Francis dealt with false humility
127
Selfexcusing
128
Memory and judgment
129
Indifference to being well thought
130
A good reputation
131
Vanity
133
Early authorship
134
The Bishops humility XVIII S Bernard
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Boasting to be shunned XX M de Belley asks to be called his
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The Introduction
137
How Francis accepted slander
138
Indifference to unjust blame
139
The Bishops ready way of meeting accusations
140
The Bishops submissive spirit
142
On Christian Poverty I Poor in spirit
144
The Bishops love for poverty
145
The Bishops ring IV Superfluities
147
Desires must be limited
149
What a sufficiency is VII I know both how to abound and suffer need
150
Seneca and the Gospel
151
The spirit of poverty amid riches and of magni ficence amid poverty
152
On Mortification I The spirit of penitence
154
Mortification
155
Dangers of prosperity
156
Benefit of troubles
157
Mortification of natural inclinations
158
A dying life
159
Victory over the passions
161
Fasting
162
Indiscreet austerity
163
Eat such things as are set before you
164
How Francis concealed his selfdenial 65
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On Chastity
167
Chastity 17
168
On Charity towards o JR 1
170
This supernatural love is rare
171
The Bishops gentleness
172
Reproof
183
How to test the charity of our reproofs
184
Ibid
185
Loving rebuke a proof of friendship
186
Rash judgments
187
Think no evil
188
The Bishops ingenuity in excusing others
189
Holiness better than learning
190
Love of our enemies
192
A mothers mercy
193
Reconciliation
195
Justice
197
On Recreation and Society I 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
The Bishops playfulness
209
A playful rebuke mo XIV Sincerity
210
Falsehood
211
Duplicity
212
Prudence and simplicity
213
The Bishops dislike for politics tics
214
On Temptations lAGE I Temptation in general
216
Counsels concerning temptation
217
Trifling temptations
218
How to rise after a fall
219
Discouragement
220
Patience towards oneself
221
Speculative minds
223
The just man falleth seven times
224
Anxiety as to our state of grace
225
Hope and fear
226
Francis de Sales own mental trials
227
Sensible devotion
228
How to accept spiritual dryness XV Ibid
229
The use of inward trials
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 z39 VI Francis views as to ecclesiastical dignity
239
Obedience as practised by Superiors
241
Did the Apostles go about in carriages? ti IX The Bishops indifference to worldly goods
244
Characteristics of true zeal 345
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The episcopal spirit
246
He tranquiilises 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 5
254
S Federigo Borromeo
256
Men must not shrink from the duties of their ministry
259
Francis old tutor the Abbe Deage
260
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
Francisreadiness to preach
281
Francis de Sales preaching in Paris
282
Object of preaching
283
Fine words and barren results
287
Magniloquence
288
The Bishop of Belley seeks to imitate Francis d
291
Illtimed praise
293
How to use Holy Scripture in preaching
294
Short sermons XVI The right length of sermons
295
Small congregations
296
Scolding the absent
297
Incident in Annecy Cathedral PAGE
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 VIII The Bishops firmness
306
Obedience to secular powers
307
A Bishops responsibility in temporal matters
308
Dispensations XII Strictness
311
A refusal
312
CHAPTER V
314
Advantages of solitude
315
The trials of solitude
318
The spirit of a religious life
319

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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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