Tag Archive | St. Francis de Sales

The Times When Saint Therese of Lisieux Would Fall Asleep While Praying

The first principle is simple but extremely important. What matters in mental prayer is not so much what we do, as what God does in us. + [St. Therese of Lisieux] had a problem in her mental prayer: she used to fall asleep! … But she wasn’t overly upset by this weakness: I think how […]

Saints on Prayers for Souls in Purgatory, Pt. 2

“To assist the souls in Purgatory,” says St. Francis de Sales, “is to perform the most excellent of the works of Mercy, or rather is is to practice in a most sublime manner all the works of Mercy together…” + This doctrine agrees very well with that of St. Thomas who says in his Summa, […]

To Advance in the Love of God

How comes it that we are not so advanced in the love of God as St. Augustine, St. Francis, etc.?  …it is because God has not given us the grace. But why has he not given us the grace? Because we did not correspond to his inspirations as we should have done. —St. Francis de […]

If We Knew All That God Knows

The single word “amen” is an affirmation of what God positively wills or of his permitting something to occur (for a still greater good). It reminds us of St. Francis de Sales remarking that if we knew all that God knows, we would will to happen exactly what does happen (see also Rom 8:28). —from […]