SPIRITUALITY OF DAILY LIFE… Let us make holy our ordinary days


Francis de Sales: The Doctor of Charity

Francis de Sales: The Doctor of Charity

Synopsis from Salesian Spirituality as proposed by St. Francis de Sales:

  • God is love, and all creation is an outpouring of that love.

  • All creation has been made for Christ, with Christ and through Christ.

  • All creation should be treated with respect and care.

  • Jesus is the model for all fully human living.

  • You possess divine dignity and are worthy of profound respect.

  • God has testified that you are good, worthy of divine love and mercy.

  • Despite your weakness and sinfulness, God loves you so much that He sent His only Son to become human.

  • You are called to be holy, that is, to grow in union with God.

  • Pursuing a holy life is called “devotion,” that is, doing what is both commanded and counseled by God promptly, actively, and diligently.

  • The pursuit of holiness must be practical. It must transform your attitudes, attributes, and actions.

  • Acknowledge your sins and failing, learn from them, but do not dwell on them.

  • God gives you talents and abilities, gifts that should be discovered, developed and used for the good of others.

  • Relationships are essential to living a fully human, that is, a holy life.

  • Each moment of each day comes from the hand of a loving God and is graced for your salvation.

  • The only time you have is each present moment. Don’t live in the past; don’t dwell on the future.

  • Living each moment to the fullest with an eye to loving God must lead you to show compassion for others.

  • The challenge of each moment is discerning God’s will, that is, the particular, unique way that God may be calling you to love Him, yourself, and others.

  • God’s will is frequently communicated through the events, circumstances, and relationships in which you find yourself.

  • God seldom requires you to perform great or extraordinary feats, but He always challenges you to perform everyday actions with extraordinary attention and enthusiasm.

  • The “little virtues” of patience, humility, gentleness, simplicity, honesty, and hospitality are powerful means for growing holy.

  • All prayer and meditation must lead to action.

  • The motivation with which you perform some action may be far more important and powerful than the action itself.

  • Freedom is one of the most precious and powerful gifts that God gives you.

  • You are to use that freedom to grow in conformity to God’s will.

  • Intellectual learning, prayerful reflection, social interaction, work, play and all things creative should be valued as graced by God and viewed as means for growing into a fully human person.

  • Each new day is a new beginning, a new opportunity for growing in holiness.

  • Let your passion be disciplined.

  • Let your discipline be passionate.

  • Keep things in perspective.

  • Develop a sense of humor, one which does not offend others.

These became the foundation of St. John Bosco’s spiritual life and the large family he founded which he fondly called, “The Salesians”.

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3 Responses to SPIRITUALITY OF DAILY LIFE… Let us make holy our ordinary days

  1. Saju Alapatt says:

    Thank you Father for the inspiring message

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