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'Intoduction to The Devout Life'; St Francis De Sales

Discussion in 'Books, movies, links, websites.' started by padraig, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. padraig

    padraig New Member

    Chapter Nine First Meditation.

    I believe in this meditation St Francis is trying to inspire true contrition for sins, so that we might not sin again. Great meditations for Lent!!

    I remember when I was young my parents used to get a local newspaper every day called, 'The Irish News'. They used to spend some time every morning on the large page of death notices. I used to be impressed with how many people they had known for they were constantly ooohing and aaahing at the number of people , recently dead that they had known.

    I lead a solitary life and have no idea how many people I once knew that are dead now but from time to time someone mentions that someone I once knew had died, sometimes years previously and I never knew.

    When I talk about death in work people react in horror, they don;t want to even discuss it. But I have been praying at several death beds now and after helping in the hospice death has far fewer shocks; it fact far from putting me off it fascinates me, the passage from this life to the next.

    One of my cousins had a very bad death indeed of lymphatic cancer which went to his spine recently. This did shock me a little as usually with paliative care the pain can be held back a lot. But I consoled myself his purgatory was much lessened.

    I think we are meant to have the shadow of death constantly in mind. Death is just as much a part of life as birth. I find myself nowadays often thinking of my own mortality, the Last Judgment and the passingness of life. I find it puts all things in context. Nothing matters but that we should live God.


    'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner'.

    St. Gregory Palamas

    “As the separation of the soul from the body is the death of the body, so the separation of God from the soul is the death of the soul. And this death of the soul is the true death….Thus the violation of God’s commandment is the cause of all types of death, both of soul and body, whether in the present life or in that endless chastisement. And death, properly speaking, is this: for the soul to be unharnessed from divine grace and to be yoked to sin. This death, for those who have their wits, is truly dreadful and something to be avoided. This, for those who think aright, is more terrible than the chastisement of Gehenna. From this let us also flee with all our might. Let us cast away, let us reject all things, bid farewell to all things: to all relationships, actions and intentions that drag us downward, separate us from God and produce such death. He who is frightened of this death and has preserved himself from it will not be alarmed by the oncoming death of the body, for in him the true life dwells, and bodily death, so far from taking true life away, renders it inalienable.”

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  2. padraig

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  3. padraig

    padraig New Member

    At mass today, after confession, I looked round and the entire Church was filled with Holy Souls from Purgatory , every seat filled and as I looked towards the back of the Church, levels and countless levels of them in this one Church waiting in eager anticipation for the coming Lent. I saw many of them going to heaven at Holy Communion, one by one; like little flying comets..

    Lent is such a huge time for their release. Pray for them, do Penance and Sacrifice. They are so very,very hungry for your prayers.

    Pray, do please pray for the Holy Souls this Lent; do please pray
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  4. AED

    AED Powers

    Thankyou for sharing this Padraig. It goes right to my heart. I am going to offer my Lent for the Holy Souls!
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  5. padraig

    padraig New Member

    At least with them there is never any ingratitude. When we enter heaven they will be the very first to thank us.

    Rewards in the Life to come,

    but in this one too.

    Our best friends

    We only have to make it so, through our prayers.

    Help them.

    They help us.
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  6. padraig

    padraig New Member

    It just occurred to me the other night thinking of the meditations of St Francis that the very best meditations I found in my own life and the Greatest meditations in the Church is the Rosary. It is like carrying a little pocket bible around with you. A kind of instant mini Bible you carry round in your pocket. If anyone ever asked me how to pray or begin a rich Spiritual Life my simple answer would be ,
    Pray, pray the Rosary', just as simple as that.

    ...and if I was to add to that I would say ask Our Lady to teach you how to say it right, slowly and from the heart. Make it count.


    1. “The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.” -Saint Padre Pio

    2. “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” – Blessed Pope Pius IX

    3. “The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.” – Saint Francis de Sales

    4. “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” -St. Padre Pio

    5. “Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!” -St. Padre Pio

    6. “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.” -St. Josemaria Escriva

    7. “Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Mary’s which purifies the monotony of your sins!” -St. Josemaria Escriva

    8. “For those who use their intelligence and their study as a weapon, the Rosary is most effective. Because that apparently monotonous way of beseeching Our Lady as children do their Mother, can destroy every seed of vainglory and pride.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

    9. “You always leave the Rosary for later, and you end up not saying it at all because you are sleepy. If there is no other time, say it in the street without letting anybody notice it. It will, moreover, help you to have presence of God.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

    10. “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.” – Pope Pius XI

    11. “The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

    12. ““The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.” Pope Leo XIII

    13. “No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary” – Bishop Hugh Doyle

    14. “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” -Sister Lucia dos Santos of Fatima

    15. “Here is an example to help you understand the efficacy of the Rosary. You remember the story of David who vanquished Goliath. What steps did the young Israelite take to overthrow the giant? He struck him in the middle of the forehead with a pebble from his sling. If we regard the Philistine as representing evil and all its powers: heresy, impurity, pride, we can consider the little stones from the sling capable of overthrowing the enemy as symbolizing the Aves of the Rosary.

    “The ways of God are entirely different from our ways. To us it seems necessary to employ powerful means in order to produce great effects. This is not God’s method; quite the contrary. He likes to choose the weakest instruments that He may confound the strong: “God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong — Infirma mundi elegit ut confundat fortia” (1 Cor 1:27).

    “Have you not often met poor old women who are most faithful to the pious recitation of the Rosary? You also must do all that you can to recite it with fervour. Get right down, at the feet of Jesus: it is a good thing to make oneself small in the presence of so great a God.” – Dom Columba Marmion, Christ, the Ideal of the Priest


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  7. AED

    AED Powers

    Absolutely agree!!!!!
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  8. padraig

    padraig New Member

    Yes things boil down to great simplicities in the Spiritual Life.. When Our Lady appears she simply holds out the rosary.

    You can't get more simple than that.:):)
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  9. padraig

    padraig New Member

    Chapter Ten

    These meditations remind me of a NASA booster rocket in that they seem to be intended to launch us into spiritual outer space. To make us think and so to act.

    I think it is no accident that in our training of priests we Catholics give them considerable training in Philosophy. Or to put it another way we force them to think, at least a little. Most people do not think too much. Which is why people can be sold a Bill of Goods by whatsoever shyster happens to come along.

    I love the story of how the eggs of a young eagle rolled out of the nest and rolled down into a chick coop far below . The chickens adopted the young eaglet as their own and raised it. Naturally the young eagle thought it was a chicken . It grubbed for worms with the other chickens and never looked up to the sky. One day he did look up and saw a pair of eagles flying far above. His heart raced he wanted to join them and so he took flight.

    That is the story of Conversion; that we take flight and that is what St Francis is trying to encourage us; to take flight.


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  10. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    :D:p I would of course be in a situation far, far worse than you. :oops:

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