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March 2012

Living Lent: Unrealistic Expectations

St. Francis de Sales, with a sense of humor, tries to temper the inordinate eagerness of those who have engaged in spiritual practices with unrealistic expectations. He preaches: “We find those who hope for nothing so much as to be Mother Theresa of Avila very soon, and even Sts. Catherine of Sienna and Genoa. That […]

St. Francis de Sales:Saint of Non-Violence

A most enlightening dissertation by Dr. Thomas A. Donlan on the response of St. Francis de Sales to the religious conflicts of his day from which the saint  developed his spirituality of gentleness can be found here: http://arizona.openrepository.com/arizona/bitstream/10150/203012/1/azu_etd_11856_sip1_m.pdf One obtains a new perspective on the uniqueness of the Visitation Order’s approach to the monastic life from this […]

Living Lent-Can One Be Too Spiritual?

Yesterday in our post on temptations we quoted St Francis de Sales as saying  “And let us not entertain the hope of being or wishing to be saints in three months! Shun both spiritual avarice and the ambition which causes so much disorder in our hearts.” What is spiritual avarice? St. Francis de Sales tells […]