Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Daily with De Sales: 11/27/07

Prayer is the means by which we ascend to God; the sacraments are the channels by which God descends to us. But what dispositions are required to receive them with profit? The first is purity of intention, which is absolutely necessary not only to receive the sacraments but in all that we do. A pure intention is union with God without any mixture of self-interest...The second disposition is attention to the grandeur of the act we are about to undertake...The third is humility, and indispensable virtue if we are to receive with abundance the graces that flow from the channel of the sacraments.
-- Spiritual Treatises XVIII; O. VI, pp. 337-339

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