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The committed life : an adaptation of The introduction to the devout life by St. Francis de Sales

Author: William Meninger; Francis, de Sales Saint
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2000.
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"St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), bishop of Geneva and founder of the Visitation Order of nuns, was renowned for his teachings on spirituality. His masterpiece in the field of spiritual literature was The Introduction to the Devout Life. Revolutionary in its day and noted for its charm, warmth, and clarity of language, it set forth a spirituality oriented toward life in the world, an approach quite different from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Meditations
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Meninger; Francis, de Sales Saint
ISBN: 0826413218 9780826413215 0826412858 9780826412850
OCLC Number: 43919694
Description: 152 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part 1. On being a Christian. True commitment --
The value of commitment --
Commitment is for everybody --
Spiritual friendship --
On spiritual aerobics --
Strength in our commitment to Christ --
Attachment of past sins --
Getting ready --
First meditation: the totality of our dependence on God --
Second meditation: why am I here? --
Third meditation: the gifts of God --
Fourth meditation: unlovingness --
Fifth meditation: death --
Sixth meditation: judgment --
Seventh meditation: hell --
Eight meditation: Heaven --
Ninth meditation: choice of Heaven --
Tenth meditation: making a commitment to God --
General confession --
A resolution toward Christian commitment --
God's response --
On being free to love God --
Freedom from stupidities --
The struggle against the false-self system Part 2. Prayer and the Sacraments. Our need for prayer --
The presence of God --
Ask God for help --
The next step: use of the imagination --
The meditation --
Decisions resulting from meditation --
How to conclude your mediation --
Some helpful advice --
Spiritual dryness --
Daily prayer in the morning --
Evening prayer --
Daily recollection --
Simple ways to be recollected --
Weekday Eucharist --
Devotions: public and private --
The Communion of Saints --
The Holy Scripture --
Personal graces --
The Sacrament of reconciliation --
Holy Communion Part 3. Living out your commitment. The variety of virtues and the call to commitment --
Further advice on the virtues --
Patient endurance --
Humility about possessions --
Real humility --
Humiliations --
Your reputation --
Gentleness --
Patience with ourselves --
On overdoing it --
On obedience --
On chastity --
Personal chastity --
Spiritual poverty --
We can be poor while rich --
We can be rich while poor --
Friendship and its counterfeits --
Dalliances --
Real friendship --
Friendship with the opposite sex --
Dealing with false friendships --
Some final advice on friendship --
Mortification --
Society and solitude --
Clothing --
Speaking of God --
Conversations --
On judging others --
On harming another's good name --
On simplicity of speech --
On recreation --
Questionable recreations --
Dangerous recreations --
Lawful amusements --
Daily faithfulness --
On being reasonable --
Desires --
To spouses --
The sanctity of marital union --
Advice to widows and widowers --
Advice to single people Part 4. Dealing with temptations. Concerning a false wisdom --
On courage in commitment --
The world, the flesh, and the Devil --
A further teaching on temptation --
Self-willed temptations --
Severe temptations --
Smaller temptations --
Further advice regarding smaller temptations --
Be strong --
Anxiety --
On depression or sadness --
On consolations --
Spiritual dryness --
An exhortation to persevere Part 5. How to renew and preserve your commitment to Christ. The need for renewal --
The value of your commitment --
An examination of conscience --
Toward God --
Your neighbor --
Yourself --
A look at your general attitude --
More on general disposition --
Considerations --
The first consideration: your own nobility --
The second consideration: the beauty of a good life --
The third consideration: good example --
The fourth consideration: God's love for us --
Consider God's eternal love for you --
General conclusions: a prayer --
Remember --
Dealing with discouragements --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: William A. Meninger.

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In this work, William Meniger has adapted St Francis Sales' "Introduction to the Devout Life" so as to express the teachings of the original in a contemporary idiom.  Read more...

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