This is how you should start your day, according to St. Francis de Sales

By July 6, 2018Articles
This is how you should start your day, according to St. Francis de Sales

The spiritual master offers helpful tips on how to begin your morning in the presence of God.

St. Francis de Sales, a holy French bishop recognized as a Doctor of the Church, wrote in the early 17th century one of the greatest spiritual classics of all time. It is called Introduction to the Devout Life and has a unique pastoral approach that addresses common struggles in the spiritual life. It is a remarkable book that speaks to all people, regardless of how advanced they are in prayer.

Here are four powerful quotes from this encouraging book, where de Sales offers some helpful tips on praying in the morning.

This is how you should start your day, according to St. Francis de Sales

Thank God, and adore Him for His Grace which has kept you safely through the night, and if in anything you have offended against Him, ask forgiveness.
Call to mind that the day now beginning is given you in order that you may work for Eternity, and make a stedfast resolution to use this day for that end.
Consider beforehand what occupations, duties and occasions are likely this day to enable you to serve God; what temptations to offend Him, either by vanity, anger, etc., may arise; and make a fervent resolution to use all means of serving Him and confirming your own piety; as also to avoid and resist whatever might hinder your salvation and God’s Glory. Nor is it enough to make such a resolution,—you must also prepare to carry it into effect. Thus, if you foresee having to meet some one who is hottempered and irritable, you must not merely resolve to guard your own temper, but you must consider by what gentle words to conciliate him. If you know you will see some sick person, consider how best to minister comfort to him, and so on.

 

Next, humble yourself before God, confessing that of yourself you could carry out nothing that you have planned, either in avoiding evil or seeking good. Then, so to say, take your heart in your hands, and offer it and all your good intentions to God’s Gracious Majesty, entreating Him to accept them, and strengthen you in His Service, which you may do in some such words as these: “Lord, I lay before Thee my weak heart, which Thou dost fill with good desires. Thou knowest that I am unable to bring the same to good effect, unless Thou dost bless and prosper them, and therefore, O Loving Father, I entreat of Thee to help me by the Merits and Passion of Thy Dear Son, to Whose Honour I would devote this day and my whole life.”

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