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Discover the secrets to growing holier through the simple things in life work, play, and rest. Learn to avoid the distractions that trouble and weary your soul, and you'll soon be able to focus your energy simply on loving God! ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Sophia Institute Press (first published December 1997)
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When asked for the greatest commandment Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30.

St. Francis de Sales, a Bishop and Doctor of the Church, was brilliant enough to be simple and he believed (rightly) that sanctity was/is for everyone, so he set out to teach the ordinary people of his day (1567-1622) how to be holy, i.e., how to love God.

The Art to Loving God is not one of the saint’s well-known bo
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an overpowering book written by St Francis de Sales, a Doctor of the church and patron saint of writers. He is known as the apostle of ‘little virtues’. This book is based on a series of talks St Francis gave to the Visitation convent he founded in Annecy in the Savoy in the early 1600s. It contains a series of chapters on various virtues. When I started it I was overwhelmed by the extent to which St Francis wanted us to submit to God and Christ. However, by the end of the book I found m ...more
Christopher Pokorny
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Desire nothing & Refuse nothing."

Perennial favorite.
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
This book comprises of spiritual conferences which St. Francis delivered to the nuns of the Visitation convent in France. "Not all of us are called to do great things for the love of God and our neighbor, but we can all do little things each day with greater fidelity and love."

"Humility is nothing else than the recognition that we are absolute nothingness, and it keeps us constant in this estimation of ourselves."

"Love God simply and be untroubled by public opinion."

"They should abandon and subm
Dax Palmer
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the best books on spiritual disciplines.
Michael Rodas
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful read with profound reflections on the simplest of things.
Elisabeth pifer
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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St. Francis de Sales talks to the Visitation convent in Annecy in the Savoy. Great little sermons on loving God and neighbor throught the little things of everyday life.

This particular edition has omitted points that pertain to the sisters and has edited it to read for the lay person. I'd probally like to read it in it's whole someday.
Sabina Colleran
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted this to be more profound for me than it was at this time. Still, there were invaluable nuggets of wisdom. I'm sure if I pick this up again another time, something else will hit me in another way for a different time. ...more
Elizabeth Russell
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gave me so many great insights on the spiritual life! I just read a section each morning, a page or so, and taking it slow like that was great, because there's so much content to think about! ...more
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With accessible language, St. Francis de Sales offers simple advice for growing closer to God. The short sections make this a great companion for Adoration or daily prayer. Those who are intimidated by the intensive works of other saints will find this a good place to start.
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A short collection of thoughts delivered to to nuns of the Order of the Visitation. Practical, insightful, and worthy of frequent rereading.
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Francis de Sales, C.O., T.O.M., A.O.F.M. Cap. (French: François de Sales; Italian: Francesco di Sales) was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. His father sent him to a good school when he was young, and he received spiritual formation from the Jesuits. After a disturbing spiritual fear of being condemned, he eventually resolved his problem and decided to dedi ...more

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