Thursday, January 24, 2013

de Sales: holy simplicity

Thursday, January 24, 2013
    Feast of François de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher, 1622
    Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
    —Titus 2:6-8 (NIV)
    I recommend to you holy simplicity. Look close before you, and do not look at those dangers which you see afar off. You fancy they are armies; they are only trees in the distance, and whilst you are gazing at them you may make some false steps.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622), Practical Piety, Louisville: Webb & Levering, 1853, p. 53 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 6:25,34; John 14:27; 16:33; Rom. 12:9; 2 Cor. 1:12; 11:3; Tit. 2:6-8; 1 Tim. 1:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me today strength for today’s troubles.
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