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Of the Love of God

Saint Francis de Sales

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Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Bishop of Geneva from 1602, was a renowned spiritual director who produced two classic guidebooks for earthly wayfarers on their spiritual journey to God: Introduction a la vie devote (Introduction to the Devout Life, 1609) and Traite' de l'amour de Dieu (Treatise on the Love of God, or Of the Love of God, 1616). In the Introduction to the Devout Life, Francis shows how anyone, whatever his or her calling or station in life, can strive for and achieve a life a piety and devotion to God. It is filled with commonsense spiritual wisdom. Of the Love of God is a more detailed manual for those who are already somewhat advanced on their spiritual journey and are under the care of a personal spiritual director. In this work, he describes the nature of divine love (Bk. II), the manner in which love is perfected in the lover (Bk. III), and the ways in which love can be diminished or lost (Bk. IV). He explains that divine love operates in the soul by acts of complacency and benevolence (Bk. V) and shows how this love is practiced through prayer and meditation (Bk. VI). Divine love, perfected by prayer, leads to union with God (Bk. VII), conformity of the soul's will with the divine will (Bk. VIII), submission to the will of God (Bk. IX), and love of God above all created things (Bk. X). He illustrates how the virtues operate in a soul that has reached this spiritual plateau (Bk. XI) and concludes by offering practical counsels on how best to journey on the road to eternal union with God (Bk. XII). Because of Saint Francis's keen spiritual insights and theological rectitude, Pope Pius IX in 1877 declared him a doctor of the Catholic Church. (Introduction by dave7)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

18h 51m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Introduction
Introduction

11:23


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

35:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

39:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

31:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

32:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

32:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

30:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

35:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

31:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

38:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

37:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

34:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

34:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

28:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

32:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

32:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

26:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

31:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

32:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

29:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

26:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

25:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

23:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

31:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

34:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

33:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

31:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

18:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

23:32