Saturday, February 1, 2014

Do this . . . and evils will not meet you

From St. Francis de Sales:

Never Before
Published in English!

It helped bring tens of thousands of
Calvinists back to the Catholic Church.

It defended as an authentic
practice the greatest symbol of our Faith.

It renewed in Catholics a love
for one of our most pious traditions.

Patrick Madrid
calls it "a little gem."

Karl Keating
calls it "an effective tool for spreading the Faith."

Now, for the first time ever, Sophia Institute Press
has translated and published in English St. Francis de Sales's
heroic and eloquent defense of the Sign of the Cross.


In his time, Calvinists foolishly
denounced the Sign of the Cross as a Popish
invention—and many Protestants scorn it even today.  

Embodying the zeal of youth and the wisdom
of age, this gentle jewel of Catholic apologetics traces the
origins of the Sign back to the Fathers of the Church, to the
Apostles before them, and finally to our Lord Himself.

These pages will bring you a better understanding
of that brief and lively exterior prayer by which  God
has been invoked by serious Christians before all endeavors.

Among the other things you’ll learn here:
  • Why now is always the right time to make the Sign of the Cross
  • Why God chooses to attach power to the Sign of the Cross
  • Why it is made on the forehead
  • How to convince skeptics to value and pray with it
  • Two uses of the Sign of the Cross: do you know both of them?
  • How the Sign of the Cross is the antidote to the Mark
    of the Devil

  • Errors in the claims of those who oppose this practice
  • The theological significance of the motions,
    vertical and horizontal

  • Two reasons it has particular power against the Enemy
  • Why you should make the Sign of the Cross
    publicly and often

Outside the Creed itself, there are few
topics to which the Fathers testify as
universally and unanimously as the pious practice of
making, frequently and well, the Sign of the Cross.

With the help of these holy
pages, the saints’ love for it will enkindle yours.

Soon you’ll be saying with St. Jerome,
“With every work, with all of my comings and goings,
may my hand make the Sign of the Cross!”

The Sign of the Cross
by St. Francis de Sales
128 Pages - $11.95
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If your life seems to make no sense, or if you don’t know which path to take, St. Francis de Sales will console and inform you. In this warm little book, he explains to you what God’s will is and how He reveals it—even in the seemingly random events of your life.
No matter what you’re going through now (or may have gone through), you’ll see why you should love and trust in God’s will — and long for its fulfillment. Best of all, you’ll learn a sure method for discovering God’s will in any situation — today!
As you begin to discern God’s loving hand even in seemingly chaotic events, St. Francis de Sales will lead your mind and your heart to the still waters of God’s gentle consolation.
From St. Francis de Sales you’ll learn:
  • Four signs that your heart conforms to God’s will — does yours?
  • How to accept God’s will even when it seems terrifying and painful
  • Sacred inspirations: not just for the prophets. The many ways God may be knocking on your door—now!
  • Changing your life’s direction: how to spot and avoid all-too-common dangers
  • The simple rule of charity: how it can help you make vital decisions
  • Are you as mature in the virtues as God wills you to be?
  • How to distinguish zeal for God’s will from selfish arrogance
  • Three ways you can recognize a thought or sentiment that comes from God
  • The key ingredient that makes all your actions pleasing to God: can you name it?
  • Making decisions: practical advice to help you distinguish between times when you should move slowly and carefully, and when you should act quickly, without undue time for deliberation

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