Quotation Explorer - 'Francis De Sales'

When we find that we have been aroused to anger we must call for God's help like the apostles when they were tossed about by the wind and storm on the waters. He will command your passions to cease and there will be a great calm. - Francis de Sales
Grace is never wanting. God always gives sufficient grace to whoever is willing to receive it. - Francis de Sales
Certainly all virtues are very dear to God, but humility pleases Him above all the others, and it seems that He can refuse it nothing. - Francis de Sales
If you have firm trust in God, the success that comes to you will always be that which is most useful for you whether it appears good or bad in your private judgment. - Francis de Sales
Never does our good God leave us save to hold us better; never does He let go of us save to keep us better; never does He wrestle with us save to give Himself up to us and to bless us. - Francis de Sales
Let us make our way through these low valleys of the humble and little virtues. We shall see in them the roses amid the thorns, charity that shows its beauty among interior and exterior afflictions, the lilies of purity. - Francis de Sales
The acts of daily forbearance, the headache, or toothache, or heavy cold; the tiresome peculiarities of husband or wife, the broken glass...all of these sufferings, small as they are, if accepted lovingly, are most pleasing to God's Goodness. - Francis de Sales
Truly it is a blessed thing to love on earth as we hope to love in Heaven, and to begin that friendship here which is to endure for ever there. - Francis de Sales
Make yourself familiar with the angels and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you. - Francis de Sales
Never be hurried in anything. Do all things calmly and in a spirit of repose. Do not lose your inward peace even if everything seems to be going wrong. What is anything in life compared to peace of soul? - Francis de Sales
Everybody finds themselves sometimes deficient in what they need, and put to inconvenience ... the richest people may easily be without something they want, and that is practically to suffer poverty. Accept such occurrences cheerfully, rejoice in them, bear them willingly. - Francis de Sales
God's favor floats as it were over all this and finds joy in turning all those miseries to the greater profit of those who love Him. From toil He makes patience spring forth. - Francis de Sales
The body is poisoned through the mouth, even so is the heart through the ear ... And even if we do mean no harm, the Evil One means a great deal, and he will use those idle words as a sharp weapon against some neighbor's heart. - Francis de Sales
He would never exhort the faithful to persevere if he were not ready to give them the power to do so. - Francis de Sales
He enables [his children] to walk before him; he holds their hand in difficulties; he himself carries them along in hardships that he sees as being otherwise unbearable to them. - Francis de Sales
Humility consists in not esteeming ourselves above other men, and in not seeking to be esteemed above them. - Francis de Sales
If we walk steadily and faithfully...God will lift us up to greater things. - Francis de Sales
We must unceasingly ask for [perseverance] by making use of the means which God has taught us for obtaining it: prayer, fasting, almsgiving, frequenting the sacraments, association with good companions, and hearing and reading Holy Scripture. - Francis de Sales
Oppose vigorously any tendency to sadness ... You must persevere. By means of sorrow the enemy tries to make us weary of good works, but if he sees that we don't give them up and that being done in spite of his opposition they have become very meritorious, he will stop troubling us. - Francis de Sales
Be patient, you are in good company. Our Lord Himself, our Lady, the apostles, and countless saints, both men and women, have been poor. - Francis de Sales
Be patient and one day you will be in Heaven, where there will be only peace and joy ... You will possess an enduring tranquility and rest. - Francis de Sales
If after all your efforts you cannot succeed, you could not please our Lord more than by sacrificing to Him your will, and remaining in tranquility, humility, and devotion, entirely conformed and submissive to His divine will and good pleasure. - Francis de Sales
Fits of anger, vexation,and bitterness against ourselves tend to pride and they spring from no other source than self-love, which is disturbed and upset at seeing that it is imperfect. - Francis de Sales
Our possessions are not ours- God has given them to us to cultivate, that we may make them fruitful and profitable in His Service, and so doing we shall please Him. - Francis de Sales
Take patiently the petty annoyances, the trifling discomforts, the unimportant losses which come upon all of us daily; for by means of these little matters, lovingly and freely accepted, you will give Him your whole heart, and win His. - Francis de Sales
The same Everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day of your life. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts. - Francis de Sales
God is merciful to those who want to love Him and who have placed their hopes in Him. - Francis de Sales
During the night we must wait for the light. - Francis de Sales
The King of Glory does not reward His servants according to the dignity of their office, but according to the humility and love with which they have exercised it. - Francis de Sales
He will unfailingly be pleased with our patience and take note of our diligence and perseverance. - Francis de Sales
A man who can own pearls does not bother about shells, and those who aspire to virtue do not trouble themselves over honors. - Francis de Sales
Little deeds that proceed from charity please God and have their place among meritorious acts. - Francis de Sales
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