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What Are We Currently Reading?
In Introduction to the DevoutLife
The following was taken from the back of the book:
As no sensible person would make a long road trip without first consulting a map, so the person intent upon gaining Heaven should first resort to a competent guide to reach that Goal of all goals. And no better guide to Heaven exists than “An Introduction to the Devout Live” by St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Doctor of the Church. It is at once easy to read, being laid out in short chapters, yet thorough, authoritative, reliable, kind and gentle – a mirror of its author. It is a book, moreover, for all, because all are called to the devout life. True devotion to God, the author points out, “adorns” every vocation. The devout life, moreover, is “a lovely, a pleasant, and a happy life.”
Addressed almost as a personal letter to Philothea, the “lover of God” – which genuinely represents the reader – the book covers: our first desire to lead a devout life to our full resolution to do so, how we should approach God in prayer and the Sacraments, the practice of 16 important virtues, remedies against ordinary temptations, and becoming confirmed in our practice of devotion. St. Francis says, “Devotion is spiritual agility and vivacity, by means of which charity works in us, or we in her, with love and readiness; and as charity leads us to obey and fulfill all God’s Commandments, so devotion leads us to obey them with promptitude and diligence.
An Introduction to the Devout Life is a book to be read with pencil in hand. It is a book to be read again and again. It is a book to make your guide for the rest of your life. It goes to the heart of becoming good. Its aim is to help you be rid of sin – and even the inclinations to sin. Alone, its 10 brief meditations in Part I will orient you toward God for the rest of your life. No one will come away from a serious reading of the entire Introduction to the Devout Life without being profoundly impressed and without being motivated to enter upon the devout life…which leads ultimately to God and to Heaven.
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What Is The Reading Schedule?
Week 1 Part 1: Chapter 1-11
Week 2 Part 1: Chapter 12-24
Week 3 Part 2: Chapter 1-12
Week 4 Part 2: Chapter 13-21
THANKSGIVING – 11/26
Week 5 Part 3: Chapter 1-5
Week 6 Part 3: Chapter 6-11
Week 7 Part 3: Chapter 12-18
CHRISTMAS BREAK – 12/23 & 12/31
Week 8 Part 3: Chapter 19-27
Week 9 Part 3: Chapter 28-35
Week 10 Part 3: Chapter 36-41
Week 11 Part 4: Chapter 1-11
Week 12 Part 4: Chapter 12-15
Week 13 Part 5: Chapter 1-18
Week 14 Conclusion
What Will We Be Reading Next?
The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila (approx. 10 weeks)
What is the Upcoming Schedule?
The long term schedule is tentative and subject to change, but the following is a list of books we plan to cover over the next several months:
The Sinners Guide by Venerable Louis of Granada
The King of the Golden City by Mother Mary of Loyola
The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper
Books We’ve Read in the Past
Spiritual Combat by Lorzeno Scupoli
Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure
Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII
Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
Navigating the Interior Life by Dan Burke
33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur
Read more: Previous Book Club Posts
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