Of the Love of God


Read by dave7

(4.8 stars; 20 reviews)

Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Bishop of Geneva from 1602, was a renowned spiritual director who produced two classic guidebooks for earthly wayfarers on their spiritual journey to God: Introduction a la vie devote (Introduction to the Devout Life, 1609) and Traite' de l'amour de Dieu (Treatise on the Love of God, or Of the Love of God, 1616). In the Introduction to the Devout Life, Francis shows how anyone, whatever his or her calling or station in life, can strive for and achieve a life a piety and devotion to God. It is filled with commonsense spiritual wisdom. Of the Love of God is a more detailed manual for those who are already somewhat advanced on their spiritual journey and are under the care of a personal spiritual director. In this work, he describes the nature of divine love (Bk. II), the manner in which love is perfected in the lover (Bk. III), and the ways in which love can be diminished or lost (Bk. IV). He explains that divine love operates in the soul by acts of complacency and benevolence (Bk. V) and shows how this love is practiced through prayer and meditation (Bk. VI). Divine love, perfected by prayer, leads to union with God (Bk. VII), conformity of the soul's will with the divine will (Bk. VIII), submission to the will of God (Bk. IX), and love of God above all created things (Bk. X). He illustrates how the virtues operate in a soul that has reached this spiritual plateau (Bk. XI) and concludes by offering practical counsels on how best to journey on the road to eternal union with God (Bk. XII). Because of Saint Francis's keen spiritual insights and theological rectitude, Pope Pius IX in 1877 declared him a doctor of the Catholic Church. (Introduction by dave7) (18 hr 50 min)

Chapters

00 – Author's Preface 11:22 Read by dave7
01 – Bk. I, Introduction, 1-6 35:53 Read by dave7
02 – Bk. I, Introduction, 7-11 39:37 Read by dave7
03 – Bk. I, Introduction, 12-18 31:32 Read by dave7
04 – Bk. II, The Origin of Divine Love, 1-6 32:50 Read by dave7
05 – Bk. II, The Origin of Divine Love, 7-11 32:07 Read by dave7
06 – Bk. II, The Origin of Divine Love, 12-16 30:50 Read by dave7
07 – Bk. II, The Origin of Divine Love, 17-22 35:41 Read by dave7
08 – Bk. III, The Progress and Perfection of Love, 1-4 31:37 Read by dave7
09 – Bk. III, The Progress and Perfection of Love, 5-8 21:41 Read by dave7
10 – Bk. III, The Progress and Perfection of Love, 9-15 26:50 Read by dave7
11 – Bk. IV, The Decay and Ruin of Charity, 1-6 38:28 Read by dave7
12 – Bk. IV, The Decay and Ruin of Charity, 7-11 30:43 Read by dave7
13 – Bk. V, Complacency and Benevolence, 1-6 37:35 Read by dave7
14 – Bk. V, Complacency and Benevolence, 7-12 34:35 Read by dave7
15 – Bk. VI, Holy Love in Prayer and Meditation, 1-4 34:19 Read by dave7
16 – Bk. VI, Holy Love in Prayer and Meditation, 5-8 28:19 Read by dave7
17 – Bk. VI, Holy Love in Prayer and Meditation, 9-12 24:11 Read by dave7
18 – Bk. VI, Holy Love in Prayer and Meditation, 13-15 26:54 Read by dave7
19 – Bk. VII, The Union of the Soul with Its God, 1-4 32:51 Read by dave7
20 – Bk. VII, The Union of the Soul with Its God, 5-9 32:24 Read by dave7
21 – Bk. VII, The Union of the Soul with Its God, 10-14 26:42 Read by dave7
22 – Bk. VIII, The Love of Conformity, 1-5 27:03 Read by dave7
23 – Bk. VIII, The Love of Conformity, 6-10 33:33 Read by dave7
24 – Bk. VIII, The Love of Conformity, 11-14 24:24 Read by dave7
25 – Bk. IX, The Love of Submission, 1-5 26:45 Read by dave7
26 – Bk. IX, The Love of Submission, 6-10 31:27 Read by dave7
27 – Bk. IX, The Love of Submission, 11-16 32:52 Read by dave7
28 – Bk. X, The Command to Love God Above All Things, 1-5 29:18 Read by dave7
29 – Bk. X, The Command to Love God Above All Things, 6-10 26:45 Read by dave7
30 – Bk. X, The Command to Love God Above All Things, 11-14 24:59 Read by dave7
31 – Bk. X, The Command to Love God Above All Things, 15-17 23:01 Read by dave7
32 – Bk. XI, The Supreme Authority of Love, 1-6 31:25 Read by dave7
33 – Bk. XI, The Supreme Authority of Love, 7-11 34:28 Read by dave7
34 – Bk. XI, The Supreme Authority of Love, 12-17 33:42 Read by dave7
35 – Bk. XI, The Supreme Authority of Love, 18-21 31:27 Read by dave7
36 – Bk. XII, Counsels, 1-6 18:41 Read by dave7
37 – Bk. XII, Counsels, 7-13 23:31 Read by dave7

Reviews


(5 stars)

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(5 stars)

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(5 stars)

Love it! Going through it a second time. Dave has just the right tone of reverence.

Treatise on the Love of God


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This recording is superb