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St. Francis de Sales—Introduction to the Devout Life | Pt. 1 (Ch.9-18)

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 19, 2022 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“Now, in order to attain this fear and this contrition, you must use the following meditations carefully; for if you practice them steadfastly, they (by God’s grace) will root out both sin and its affections from your heart. It is to that end that I have prepared them: use them one after another, in the order in which they come, only taking one each day, and using that as early as possible, for the morning is the best time for all spiritual exercises—and then you will ponder and meditate on it through the day. If you have not as yet been taught how to meditate, you will find instructions to that purpose in the Second Part.”

This episode contains the ten meditations included by St. Francis de Sales in the First Part of his Introduction to the Devout Life. The below timestamps are provided to facilitate listening to the meditations one at a time:

First Meditation, On Creation —00:40

Second Meditation, On the End for Which We Were Created—07:10

Third Meditation, On the Gifts of God —13:10

Forth Meditation, On Sin —19:04

Fifth Meditation, On Death —25:23

Sixth Meditation, On Judgment —32:44

Seventh Meditation, On Hell —38:43

Eighth Meditation, On Paradise —42:46

Ninth Meditation, On the Choice Open to You Between Heaven and Hell —47:49

Tenth Meditation, On How the Soul Chooses the Devout Life —5310

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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, the “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. Based in New York City, he holds both a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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