Thursday, November 08, 2007

Daily with De Sales: 11/7 and 11/8

November 7:
Look often with your inward eyes on Jesus crucified; think of the torments the martyrs endured and those so many people now endure that are incomparably more grievous than yours, and say: "Alas! Are not my hardships consolations and my thorns roses in comparison with those who without help, assistance or relief, live a continual death under the burden of afflictions infinitely greater than mine?" (INT. Part III, Ch. 3; O. III, p. 130)

November 8:
It still remains to us to specify the conditions necessary to pray well. I know that the old masters of the Spirit specified several when they were dealing with this subject--some fifteen, some eight, etc. But since those numbers seem to be excessive, I will be content to mention only three. The first is that we must be little and humble, the second, that we must have a goodly supply of hope; and the third is to keep our minds fixed on Jesus Christ crucified. (Sermons 8; O. IX, p. 53)

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