13 May 2008

The Reign of Charity, According to St. Francis de Sales


From the Treatise on the Love of God, Book 1, Chapter 6:

Salvation is shown to faith, it is prepared for hope, but it is given only to charity.  Faith points out the way to the land of promise as a pillar of cloud and of fire, that is, light and dark; hope feeds us with its manna of sweetness, but charity actually introduces us into it, as the Ark of alliance, which makes for us the passage of the Jordan, that is, of the judgment, and which shall remain amidst the people in the heavenly land promised to the true Israelites, where neither the pillar of faith serves as guide nor the manna of hope is used as food.

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