Annual Retreat Exercise #1: This protestation is noble and much to be desired

October 14, 2021 • 1 min

From Introduction to the Devout Life, page 263
By St. Francis de Sales

CHAPTER II.

Considerations on the favour which God does us in calling us to his service, according to the protestation indicated in the first part.

Consider the points of your protestation:

  1. First, to have forsaken, cast away, detested, and renounced for ever all mortal sin.

  2. Secondly, to have dedicated and consecrated your soul, heart, and body, with all their powers and faculties, to the love and service of God.

  3. Thirdly, that if you should chance to fall into any sin, you would immediately rise again by the help of God’s grace.

Are not these just, noble, and generous resolutions? Consider well in your soul, therefore, how holy and reasonable this protestation is, and how much it is to be desired.

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