St. Francis de Sales, Doctor, on Prioritizing Our Lives

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St. Francis de Sales, taken at the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, Center Valley, PA

St. Francis de Sales, taken at the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, Center Valley, PA

January 24 is the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor. Today’s Prescription of the Doctor comes from his work entitled Love of God (8,6).  The short piece below is quoted in and taked from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1974.

“[God] does not want each person to keep all the counsels, but only those appropriate to the diversity of persons, times, opportunities, and strengths, as charity requires; for it is charity, as queen of all virtues, all commandments, all counsels, and, in short, of all laws and all Christian actions, that gives to all of them their rank, order, time, and value.”

While the translation is written in a way that does not instantly ring relevant in the 21st century, it’s worth re-reading and pondering the logic of how God wants us to operate within our station in life…and to discern that station…that calling.

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

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St. John of the Cross, Doctor, on Particular Judgment

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Prescription of the Day

“At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.”

Recalling what St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “There are in the end three things that last; faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13.

The good news is that we have the opportunity to examine our lives daily against this simple concept.  Ask yourself:

  • Has my love increased today?
  • If not, why not?
  • How can I be judged more favorably in accord with love?

And pray for more love…

St. John of the Cross, pray for us!

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at

http://tomgotschall.wordpress.com/

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