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St. Francis de Sales—Introduction to the Devout Life | Part 5 & Conclusion

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Feb 17, 2024 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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Consider the love with which our dear Lord Jesus Christ bore so much in this world, especially in the Garden of Olives and on Mount Calvary; that love bore you in mind, and through all those pains and toils he obtained your good resolutions for you, as also all that is necessary to maintain, foster, strengthen and consummate those resolutions.

“How precious must the resolutions be that are the fruits of our Lord’s Passion! And how dear to my heart, since they were dear to that of Jesus! Savior of my soul, You died to win them for me; grant me grace sooner to die than forget them.

“Be sure, my child, that the heart of our most dear Lord beheld you from the tree of the Cross and loved you, and by that love he won for you all good things that you were ever to have, and amongst them your good resolutions.

Part 5

(00:46) Chapter 1—It Is Well Yearly to Renew Good Resolutions by Means of the Following Exercises

(03:29) Chapter 2—Meditation on the Benefit Conferred on Us by God in Calling Us to His Service

(08:26) Chapter 3—Examination of the Soul as to Its Progress in the Devout Life

(11:44) Chapter 4—Examination of the Soul’s Condition as Regards God

(16:23) Chapter 5—Examination of Your Condition as Regards Yourself

(18:47) Chapter 6—Examination of the Soul’s Condition as Regards Our Neighbor

(20:15) Chapter 7—Examination as to the Affectations of the Soul

(22:42) Chapter 8—The Affections to Be Excited After Such Examination

(24:07) Chapter 9—Reflections Suitable to the Renewal of Good Resolutions

(24:54) Chapter 10—First Consideration, On the Worth of Souls

(27:45) Chapter 11—Second Consideration, On the Excellence of Virtue

(29:33) Chapter 12—The Example of the Saints

(31:19) Chapter 13—The Love That Jesus Christ Bears to Us

(34:36) Chapter 14—The Eternal Love of God for Us

(36:08) Chapter 15—General Affections That Should Result from These Considerations and Conclusion of the Exercise

(38:48) Chapter 16—The Impressions That Should Remain After This Exercise

(40:24) Chapter 17—An Answer to Two Objections That May Be Made to This Book

(43:16) Chapter 18—Three Important and Final Counsels

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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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