Live Today Well: Saint Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness, by Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S is a gem! This five-star book offers anyone wanting to grow closer to God a practical means of doing so. Fr. Dailey takes the reader through Saint Francis de Sales’ Spiritual Directory, using contemporary ways of applying this ever useful, and timeless instruction of St Francis on how to live today well; from one’s first rising in the morning until one lays their head down to sleep at night. This book offers prayerful ways that we can grow in virtue; thus grow in holiness.
My favorite line from Fr. Dailey’s book is this:
By seeking ways to practice a particular virtue throughout the day, we can counteract those imperfections toward which prior examinations have revealed we may be inclined (page 113).
How to Live Each Day Well
How often have we looked back on our day and said to ourselves, “I should have been kinder to that person in the grocery store today,” or “I should have been more patient with my co-worker today.” We see our failings and wonder if we can ever grasp the virtue in question. Well, both Fr. Dailey and Saint Francis de Sales teach us in this book on Salesian spirituality that each day graced to us by God, is another opportunity to “counteract those imperfections” with renewed effort. Since God is ever willing to forgive us seventy times seven (an endless amount of times), we too, must be willing to leave the past in the past, focus on the present and work on one virtue at a time, each day, until we master it. Then move on to the next virtue.
This book is a must read for anyone seeking to grow in virtue and grow closer to God. If you would like to get your copy (published by Sophia Press Institute), click here.