Roses Among Thorns
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Publication Date: 2014-05-15
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From the thousands of personal letters by St. Francis de Sales comes this short, practical guide that will develop in you the soul-nourishing habits that lead to sanctity.
St. Francis de Sales is widely regarded as one of the greatest spiritual advisers in the history of the Church, and we have drawn from his letters the wisest advice for those prepared to take the next step on their spiritual journey.
As he did for saints and sinners in his own time, St. Francis de Sales will stiffen your resolve, help you gain small victories over unruly passions, and restore in you a trusting confidence in Jesus Christ. Soon you'll find yourself delivered from the chains of self-love as your soul opens to divine goodness and your heart is shaped into a fitting place for Christ to dwell and reign eternally.
If you find it difficult to live amid the clamor of the world with your eyes fixed on Christ alone, let St. Francis de Sales teach you how to live as a true rose among thorns as you learn...
What to do when you stop finding consolation during prayer
How to place yourself in the presence of God
How busy people should pray
Do you fear vice more than you love virtue? A guide to discernment
How to be patient with your family The dangers of too many devotions
How to know when your feelings are from God or the devil
What to do about repeated spiritual dryness
The three things you must do to be at peace
How to avoid thoughts that give us anxious and restless minds
Absorb the wisdom in these holy pages, and you ll soon make true progress on your spiritual journey and navigate with confidence the treacherous waters of our secular world.
St. Francis de Sales is a doctor of the Roman Catholic Church, who was active in the struggle against Calvinism and co-founded the order of Visitation Nuns. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and the Treatise on the Love of God. In addition to his spiritual works, his writings include controversies against Calvinists, letters, sermons, and documents on diocesan administration.
St. Francis de Sales is sometimes known as the "Gentle Saint" and this book gives the reader ample evidence of why this is so. It is broken into small meditations that are quick and easy to read, but deep enough to be re-read again and again. I recommend it as an excellent devotional book, or food for thought for meditative prayer.