A Friend of Mine in Heaven: Francis de Sales

On a babysitting job as a teenager, I picked up “Introduction to the Devout Life” from a bookshelf to read. I read for a bit and put it back. When Francis de Sales talked about a devout life, he REALLY meant a DEVOUT life.

Nonetheless, he has become one of my favorite spiritual teachers. In honor of him today, here are a few of my favorite lessons:

Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin. God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.”

“Have patience with all things, but, first of all, with yourself.”

Do not fear the changes of life. God, whose very own you are, will deliver you out of them all. He has kept you hitherto and he will lead you safely through all things. And when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in His arms. Do not be afraid of what will happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace and put aside anxious thoughts and imaginations.”

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