The Heart of St. Francis de Sales

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In the following excerpts, St. Francis de Sales describes a vigorous, faithful, confident heart:

“I see you with your vigorous heart which loves and wills powerfully. I like it, for what are those half-dead hearts good for? We must make a particular exercise once every week of willing to love the will of God more tenderly, more affectionately than anything in the world, and that, too, not only in bearable but in the most unbearable events.”

“Do not think that our Lord is further from you in the midst of turmoil. . . . It is not tranquility which brings Him to our hearts, but the fidelity of our love.”

“Keep your hearts well under control, beware of over-anxiety. Place your confidence in the providence of our Lord. Be fully convinced that heaven and earth shall pass away rather than that our Lord shall fail to protect you while you…

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