Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales

Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales

by John Burns


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Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales by John Burns

Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: First-Time Author, Spirituality Softcover (First Place) and a 2018 Association of Catholic Publishers Award: Inspirational (Second Place).

For more than four-hundred years, Introduction to the Devout Life by Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales has been regarded as the essential guide to holiness and loving God. This spiritual classic takes on new life in Lift Up Your Heart, where Rev. John Burns has interpreted ten meditations for the modern reader and distilled them into a ten-day mini-retreat that can easily be completed in the midst of a busy life.

This practical book goes right to the heart of helping you kick the habit of floating along on your spiritual journey to start actively pursuing holiness and devotion to God. During the course of the retreat, you'll learn the basics of forming a daily prayer routine, including how to offer yourself to God, meditate on his love, and maintain peace in the face of suffering and clarity in the midst of temptation. The meditations will help you:

  • Adopt gratitude as a daily prayer practice.
  • Examine and reorder your priorities and relationships to better reflect your love for God.
  • Discern between good and evil in your life.
  • Desire to love and serve as Jesus did.
In a very real sense, Burns helps you take St. Francis de Sales as your spiritual director for ten days. As you do so, you’ll feel God’s fatherly love and restart your faith life, equipped with the tools to connect with God and live for heaven now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594717208
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 04/28/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 297,051
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rev. John Burns is a priest in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who is studying for a doctorate in sacred theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. Ordained a priest in 2010, he has served as an associate pastor and pastor in the archdiocese, as well as an adjunct professor on moral theology at the Sacred Heart School Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.

A 2003 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Fr. Burns studied theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He completed a licentiate in moral theology from the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in 2011.

Fr. Burns directs retreats in the archdiocese and is a speaker at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s annual conferences, archdiocesan engaged enrichment conferences, and Theology on Tap. He works in multiple capacities with both the Men of Christ and Women of Christ annual conferences, and contributes to the young adult renewal ministries of ARISE and Cor Jesu.

Fr. Burns is a regular guest on Relevant Radio’s The Inner Life. He works extensively with Mother Teresa’s sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, and has given retreats, conferences, and spiritual direction for the sisters in Romania, Armenia, Kenya, Italy, England, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.

Table of Contents

To Begin vii

The First Meditation: On Our Creation 1

The Second Meditation: On the End for Which We Were Created 13

Tire Third Meditation: On God's Benefactions 33

The Fourth Meditation: On Sin 47

The Fifth Meditation: On Death 67

The Sixth Meditation: On Judgment 83

The Seventh Meditation: On Hell 97

The Eighth Meditation: On Paradise 107

The Ninth Meditation: The Election and Choice of Heaven 117

The Tenth Meditation: The Election and Choice the Soul Makes of a Devout Life 127

Conclusion 135

Acknowledgments 139

Appendix: St. Francis de Sales's Original Meditations 141

Notes 169

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