Introduction to the Devout Life

Saint Francis DE SALES (1567 - 1622)

First published in the early 17th century, it has proven its value as a daily spiritual guide and helpful reference for living an authentic Christian life. Written specifically for laymen, it began as letters from Saint Francis to a married woman who was seeking holiness amidst the distractions of her life of wealth and status. It contains treasures of wisdom for every reader, from eager beginner to lifelong Christian. Summary by Wikipedia and Phil Chenevert.

Genre(s): Christianity - Other

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface by the Author Phil Chenevert
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Play 01 Part I COUNSELS FOR THE SOUL'S GUIDANCE Ch 1: What True Devotion is Beth Thomas
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Play 02 Part 1 Ch 2. The Nature and Excellence of Devotion.. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 03 Part 1 Ch 3 Devotion is suitable to every Vocation and Profession Sam Isaacson
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Play 04 Part 1 Ch 4.The Need of a Guide for those who would enter upon and advance in the Devout Life. Sam Isaacson
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Play 05 Part 1 Ch 5. The First Step must be Purifying the Soul. Sam Isaacson
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Play 06 Part 1 Ch 6. The First Purification, namely, from Mortal Sin. Sam Isaacson
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Play 07 Part 1 Ch 7. The Second Purification, from all Sinful Affections. Sam Isaacson
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Play 08 Part 1 Ch 8. How to effect this Second Purification royalcrowncola
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Play 09 Part 1 Ch 9. First Meditation Of the End for which we were Created Dylan P. Straub
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Play 10 Part 1 Ch 10. Second Meditation-Of the End for which we were Created Dylan P. Straub
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Play 11 Part 1 Ch 11. Third Meditation - On the Gifts of God. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 12 Part 1 Ch 12. Fourth Meditation.- On Sin J A Carter
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Play 13 Part 1 Ch 13. Fifth Meditation - Of Death J A Carter
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Play 14 Part 1 Ch 14 - Sixth Meditation - Of Judgment J A Carter
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Play 15 Part 1 Ch. 15 - Seventh Meditation - Of Hell J A Carter
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Play 16 Part 1 Ch. 16 - Eighth Meditation - On Paradise J A Carter
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Play 17 Part 1 Ch. 17 - Ninth Meditation - On the Choice Between Heaven and Hell Dylan P. Straub
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Play 18 Part 1 Ch 18 - Tenth Meditation - How the Soul chooses the Devout Life. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 19 Part 1 Ch 19 - How to make a General Confession. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 20 Part 1 Ch 20 - A hearty Protest made with the object of confirming the Soul’s resolution to serve God, as a conclusion to its acts of Penitence. Cameopro77
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Play 21 Part 1 Ch 21 - Conclusion of this First Purification. Sam Isaacson
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Play 22 Part 1 Ch 22 - The Necessity of Purging away all tendency to Venial Sins. Sam Isaacson
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Play 23 Part 1 Ch 23 - It is needful to put away all Inclination for Useless and Dangerous Things. Sam Isaacson
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Play 24 Part 1 Ch 24 - All Evil Inclinations must be purged away. Sam Isaacson
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Play 25 Part 2 COUNCILS ON THE NECESSITY OF UPLIFTING THE SOUL TO GOD - Ch 1 - The Necessity of Prayer. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 26 Part 2 Ch 2 - A short Method of Meditation. And first, the Presence of God, the First Point of Preparation. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 27 Part 2 Ch 3 - Invocation, the Second Point of Preparation. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 28 Part 2 Ch 4 - the Third Point of Preparation, representing the Mystery to be meditated to Your Imagination. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 29 Part 2 Ch 5 - Considerations, the Second Part of Meditation. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 30 Part 2 Ch 6 - The Third Part of Meditation, Affections and Resolutions. Cameopro77
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Play 31 Part 2 Ch 7 - The Conclusion and Spiritual Bouquet Cameopro77
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Play 32 Part 2 Ch 8 - Some Useful Hints as to Meditation. Cameopro77
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Play 33 Part 2 Ch 9 - Concerning Dryness in Meditation. Cameopro77
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Play 34 Part 2 Ch 10 - Morning Prayer. Cameopro77
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Play 35 Part 2 Ch 11 - Evening Prayer and Examination of Conscience Dylan P. Straub
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Play 36 Part 2 Ch 12 - On Spiritual Retirement. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 37 Part 2 Ch 13 - Aspirations, Ejaculatory Prayer and Holy Thoughts. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 38 Part 2 Ch 14 - Of Holy Communion, and how to join in it. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 39 Part 2 Ch 15 - Of the other Public Offices of the Church. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 40 Part 2 Ch 16 - How the Saints are united to us. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 41 Part 2 Ch 17 - How to Hear and Read God’s Word. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 42 Part 2 Ch 18 - How to receive Inspirations. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 43 Part 2 Ch 19 - On Confession Dylan P. Straub
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Play 44 Part 2 Ch 20 - Of Frequent Communion. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 45 Part 2 Ch 21 - How to Communicate. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 46 Part 3 THE PRACTICE OF VIRTUE - Ch 1 - How to select that which we should chiefly Practice. Jibchmarl
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Play 47 Part 3 Ch 2 - The same Subject continued. Jibchmarl
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Play 48 Part 3 Ch 3 - On Patience. Lisa57
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Play 49 Part 3 Ch 4 - On Greater Humility Lisa57
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Play 50 Part 3 Ch 5 - On Interior Humility. fshort
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Play 51 Part 3 Ch 6 - Humility makes us rejoice in our own Abjection. fshort
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Play 52 Part 3 Ch 7 - How to combine due care for a Good Reputation with Humility fshort
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Play 53 Part 3 Ch 8 - Gentleness towards others and Remedies against Anger. fshort
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Play 54 Part 3 Ch 9 - On Gentleness towards Ourselves fshort
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Play 55 Part 3 Ch 10 - We must attend to the Business of Life carefully, but without Eagerness or Over-anxiety. Phil Chenevert
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Play 56 Part 3 Ch 11 - On Obedience. Phil Chenevert
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Play 57 Part 3 Ch 12 - On Purity. Kenita
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Play 58 Part 3 Ch 13 - How to maintain Purity. Kenita
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Play 59 Part 3 Ch 14 - On Poverty of Spirit amid Riches. Kathrine Engan
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Play 60 Part 3 Ch 15 - How to exercise real Poverty, although actually Rich. Twinkle
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Play 61 Part 3 Ch 16 - How to possess a rich Spirit amid real Poverty. Twinkle
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Play 62 Part 3 Ch 17 - On Friendship: Evil and Frivolous Friendship. Twinkle
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Play 63 Part 3 Ch 18 - On Frivolous Attachments Twinkle
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Play 64 Part 3 Ch 19 - Of Real Friendship. Kathrine Engan
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Play 65 Part 3 Ch 20 - Of the Difference between True and False Friendship. Kathrine Engan
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Play 66 Part 3 Ch 21 - Remedies against Evil Friendships. Kathrine Engan
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Play 67 Part 3 Ch 22 - Further Advice concerning Intimacies. Kathrine Engan
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Play 68 Part 3 Ch 23 - On The Practice of Bodily Mortification. Stephen
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Play 69 Part 3 Ch 24 - Of Society and Solitude. Stephen
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Play 70 Part 3 Ch 25 - On Modesty in Dress. Stephen
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Play 71 Part 3 Ch 26 - Of Conversation; and, first, how to Speak of God fshort
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Play 72 Part 3 Ch 27 - Of Unseemly Words, and the Respect due to Others. TriciaG
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Play 73 Part 3 Ch 28 - Of Hasty Judgments. Phil Chenevert
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Play 74 Part 3 Ch 29 - On Slander. fshort
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Play 75 Part 3 Ch 30 - Further Counsels as to Conversation. John
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Play 76 Part 3 Ch 31 - Of Amusements and Recreations: what are allowable. John
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Play 77 Part 3 Ch 32 - Of Forbidden Amusements. John
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Play 78 Part 3 Ch 33 - Of Balls, and other Lawful but Dangerous Amusements. John
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Play 79 Part 3 Ch 34 - When to use such Amusements rightly. John
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Play 80 Part 3 Ch 35 - We must be Faithful in Things Great and Small. sbelcher
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Play 81 Part 3 Ch 36 - Of a Well-Balanced, Reasonable Mind. Sean Lally
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Play 82 Part 3 Ch 37 - Of Wishes. Sean Lally
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Play 83 Part 3 Ch 38 - Counsels to Married People. Heidi Olson
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Play 84 Part 3 Ch 39 - The Sanctity of the Marriage Bed. Kathrine Engan
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Play 85 Part 3 Ch 40 - Counsels to Widows. Jibchmarl
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Play 86 Part 3 Ch 41 - One Word to Maidens. Jibchmarl
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Play 87 Part 4 CONCERNING ORDINARY TEMPTATIONS - Ch 1 We must not trifle with the Words of Worldly Wisdom. fshort
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Play 88 Part 4 Ch 2 - The need of a Good Courage Cyndy
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Play 89 Part 4 Ch 3 - Of Temptations, and the difference between experiencing them and consenting to them. fshort
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Play 90 Part 4 Ch 4 - Two striking Illustrations of the same Mich_elle
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Play 91 Part 4 Ch 5 - Encouragement for the Tempted Soul. fshort
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Play 92 Part 4 Ch 6 - When Temptation and Delectation are Sin. fshort
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Play 93 Part 4 Ch 7 - Remedies for Great Occasions. royalcrowncola
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Play 94 Part 4 Ch 8 - How to resist Minor Temptations. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 95 Part 4 Ch 9 - How remedy Minor Temptations. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 96 Part 4 Ch 10 - How to strengthen the Heart against Temptation. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 97 Part 4 Ch 11 - Anxiety of Mind. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 98 Part 4 Ch 12 - Of Sadness and Sorrow. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 99 Part 4 Ch 13 - Of Spiritual and Sensible Consolations, and how to receive them. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 100 Part 4 Ch 14 - Of Dryness and Spiritual Barrenness Dylan P. Straub
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Play 101 Part 4 Ch 15 - An Illustration. Dylan P. Straub
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Play 102 Part 5 PRACTICES FOR RENEWING AND CONFIRMING THE SOUL IN DEVOTION. Ch 1 - It is well yearly to renew Good Resolutions by means of the following Exercises. Keren Turton
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Play 103 Part 5 Ch 2 - Meditation on the Benefit conferred on us by God in calling us to His Service. Keren Turton
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Play 104 Part 5 Ch 3 - Examination of the Soul as to its Progress in the Devout Life royalcrowncola
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Play 105 Part 5 Ch 4 - Examination of the Soul’s Condition as regards God. royalcrowncola
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Play 106 Part 5 Ch 5 - Examination of your Condition as regards yourself. royalcrowncola
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Play 107 Part 5 Ch 6 - Examination of the Soul’s Condition as regards our Neighbour. royalcrowncola
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Play 108 Part 5 Ch 7 - Examination as to the Affectations of the Soul. royalcrowncola
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Play 109 Part 5 Ch 8 - The Affections to be excited after such Examination. royalcrowncola
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Play 110 Part 5 Ch 9 - Reflections suitable to the renewal of Good Resolutions. royalcrowncola
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Play 111 Part 5 Ch 10 - First Consideration—of the Worth of Souls. discourser
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Play 112 Part 5 Ch 11 - Second Consideration—on the Excellence of Virtue. discourser
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Play 113 Part 5 Ch 12 - The Example of the Saints. Sean Lally
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Play 114 Part 5 Ch 13 - The Love which Jesus Christ bears to us. Phil Chenevert
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Play 115 Part 5 Ch 14 - The Eternal Love of God for us. Phil Chenevert
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Play 116 Part 5 Ch 15 - General Affections which should result from these Considerations, and Conclusion of the Exercise. Gina Eltora
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Play 117 Part 5 Ch 16 - The Impressions which should remain after this Exercise. Phil Chenevert
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Play 118 Part 5 Ch 17 - An Answer to Two Objections which may be made to this Book. Phil Chenevert
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Play 119 Part 5 Ch 18 - Three Important and Final Counsels. Phil Chenevert
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