Practical Tips on How to Overcome Temptation by St. Francis de Sales

Practical Tips on How to Overcome Temptation by St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales, a holy and devout bishop during the 17th century, wrote a classic spiritual book called Introduction to the Devout Life. He related practical advice for the average layperson in his book, which has remained a great source of inspiration throughout the centuries

Here are five powerful quotes from this book, in which de Sales explains what to do when you are in the midst of a temptation.

So soon as you feel yourself anywise tempted, do as our little children when they see a wolf or a bear in the mountains. Forthwith they run to the protection of their father or mother, or at least cry out for help.

Do you fly in like manner to God, claiming His compassion and succor,—it is the remedy taught us by our Lord Himself: “Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”

If, nevertheless, the temptation persists or increases, hasten in spirit to embrace the holy Cross, as though you beheld Jesus Christ Crucified actually Present.

Make firm protests against consenting, and ask His Help thereto; and, so long as the temptation lasts, do you persist in making acts of non-consent. But while making these acts and these protests, do not fix your eyes on the temptation,—look solely on Our Lord, for if you dwell on the temptation, especially when it is strong, your courage may be shaken.

Divert your mind with any right and healthy occupation, for if that takes possession and fills your thoughts, it will drive away temptation and evil imaginations.

 

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