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Tuesday, January 24, 2006


CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Francis de Sales
Today is the Feast Day of Saint Francis de Sales, patron saint of the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, confessors, journalists, writers and the Best Damn High School Around.

More information is here. Quotes are taken from that source:
Nothing makes us so prosperous in this world as to give alms.

Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.

Oh what remorse we shall feel at the end of our lives, when we look back upon the great number of instructions and examples afforded by God and the Saints for our perfection, and so carelessly received by us! If this end were to come to you today, how would you be pleased with the life you have led this year?

We must fear God out of love, not love Him out of fear.

There are many who say to the Lord, "I give myself wholly to Thee, without any reserve," but there are few who embrace the practice of this abandonment, which consists in receiving with a certain indifference every sort of event, as it happens in conformity with Divine Providence, as well afflictions as consolations, contempt and reproaches as honor and glory.

Man is the perfection of the Universe.
The spirit is the perfection of man.
Love is the perfection of the spirit, and charity that of love.
Therefore, the love of God is the end, the perfection of the Universe.

All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be.

An action of small value performed with much love of God is far more excellent than one of a higher virtue, done with less love of God.

The virtue of patience is the one which most assures us of perfection.

To be pleased at correction and reproofs shows that one loves the virtues which are contrary to those faults for which he is corrected and reproved. And, therefore, it is a great sign of advancement in perfection.

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