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Catholic Culture Liturgical Living

St. Francis de Sales—Introduction to the Devout Life | Part 4

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 26, 2024 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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If anyone strives to be delivered from his troubles out of love of God, he will strive patiently, gently, humbly and calmly, looking for deliverance rather to God’s goodness and providence than to his own industry or efforts; but if self-love is the prevailing object, he will grow hot and eager in seeking relief, as though all depended more upon himself than upon God.”

Part 4

(00:45) Chapter 1—We Must Not Trifle with the Words of Worldly Wisdom

(06:16) Chapter 2—The Need of Good Courage

(08:56) Chapter 3—Temptations and the Difference Between Experiencing Them and Consenting to Them

(14:06) Chapter 4—Two Striking Illustrations of the Same

(17:43) Chapter 5—Encouragement for the Tempted Soul

(20:13) Chapter 6—When Temptation and Pleasure are Sin

(24:10) Chapter 7—Remedies for Great Occasions

(27:02) Chapter 8—How to Resist Minor Temptations

(29:13) Chapter 9—How to Remedy Minor Temptations

(31:49) Chapter 10—How to Strengthen the Heart Against Temptation

(34:31) Chapter 11—Anxiety of Mind

(40:18) Chapter 12—Sadness and Sorrow

(45:31) Chapter 13—Spiritual and Sensible Consolations and How to Receive Them

(01:00:14) Chapter 14—Dryness and Spiritual Barrenness

(01:10:40) Chapter 15—An Illustration

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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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