The biggest mistake ….

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Fr. Martin Bialas, C.P., writes, “The author who had the most decisive influence on the thinking of Paul of the Cross and one whose works Paul read throughout his life was St. Francis de Sales. Hence it is he who is designated here as Paul’s favourite author. ”   [cf. Martin Bialas, The Mysticism of St. Paul of the Cross, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1990, p. 110]

FROM THE WRITINGS OF ST. FRANCIS DE SALES

“The biggest mistake that most of us make about God, the one that most consistently undermines our peace of soul, is the idea that God demands lots of us, more than a fragile being like ourselves could ever give.  Such a God is frightening. But God in reality in content with the little we can give, because God knows – and accepts – the little that we have. We need to do just three things – Do the best we can to find and honour God in everything we do. Do whatever – however little – we can to live this way. Let God do the rest. If we follow these simple rules, we will possess God. And possessing God we will not be disturbed, we will not be anxious, for we will have no need to fear a God who never asks of us more then we can give.”

[Set Your Heart Free, the Practical Spirituality of Francis de Sales, John Kirvan, p. 77]

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