Tuesday, March 05, 2019

de Sales: the useful virtues

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
    —Rom. 12:3 (NIV)
    We do not very often come across opportunities for exercising strength, magnanimity, or magnificence; but gentleness, temperance, modesty, and humility, are graces which ought to colour everything we do. There may be virtues of a more exalted mould, but... these are the most continually called for in daily life.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life [1609], London: Rivingtons, 1876, III.i, p. 125 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 12:3; Pr. 15:1; Matt. 11:29; Rom. 12:15-16; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 4:2; Phil. 4:5; 1 Pet. 5:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me gentleness, and humble my spirit.
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