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Encouragement for Weary Mothers Desiring Deeper Devotion

April 11, 2011

“To a woman frustrated that her pregnancy sapped strength and thereby undermined her spiritual devotions, Francis [de Sales] gently offers this counsel:

‘My dearest daughter, we must not be unjust and require from ourselves what is not in ourselves…The child who is taking shape in your womb will be a living image of the divine majesty; but while your soul, your strength, and your natural vigor is occupied with this work of pregnancy, it must grow weary and tired, and you cannot at the same time perform your ordinary [spiritual] exercises so actively and so gaily. But suffer lovingly this lassitude and heaviness, in consideration of the honor that God will receive from your work.'”
~Francis de Sales, quoted by Gary Thomas in Sacred Parenting

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