Live Today Well

Live Today Well

by Fr. Thomas Dailey


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Living the Christian life requires a strategy. Most of us won't get to heaven through heroic feats of sanctity, but by learning to live the devout life through our everyday activities.

St. Francis de Sales has developed for you a spiritual plan of action — a plan that will help you acquire holiness despite the many responsibilities and mundane realities that take up all your time and effort.

In these pages, Fr. Thomas Dailey — an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales — gently guides you through St. Francis de Sales's spiritual plan, showing how you can balance time devoted to God with the time needed to complete your many tasks each day. You'll learn St. Francis de Sales's technique of daily prayer and grace-filled awareness that will transform your life one day at a time — no matter how busy your lifestyle.

From making a spiritual retreat during the day to fending off the many temptations you face, Live Today Well will help you commune with God throughout your day. And by practicing the little virtues you learn here, you'll soon find yourself moving toward the heavenly heights as you become the saint you are called by God to be.

You'll also learn:

  • Four ways to become aware of God's presence
  • Tips for spiritual time-management
  • Simple methods of praying, whether in Church or not
  • How to avoid the three dangerous tendencies that appear in conversations
  • How to conquer your greatest temptations
  • The one virtue which gives greatest assurance for reaching perfection
  • The two critical elements of any good confession
  • "St. Francis de Sales is a master of spiritual direction and the interior life. Fr. Dailey has given us a gift in unfolding and presenting St. Francis' wisdom to the hearts and minds of our time. Illumined by this great saint, in a clear and direct way, you will discover that the path to God can be found and trod with peace and confidence."
    -Daniel Burke
    Executive Director, National Catholic Register, A Service of EWTN

    “Fr. Thomas Dailey — like St. Francis de Sales — is a champion of practical spirituality. Live Today Well is a life-changing book for anyone who thought they were too busy to grow in holiness.”
    —Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781622823017
    Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
    Publication date: 09/15/2015
    Sales rank: 588,499
    Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments ix

    Introduction 3

    Part 1 Salesian Spirituality

    1 The Devout Life 13

    2 St. Francis's Spiritual Directory 27

    Part 2 Our Daily Routine

    3 On Rising: Starting Your Day Right 47

    4 On the Day's Preparation: Looking to Be Holy 57

    5 On the Direction of Intention: The Key to Spiritual Perfection 67

    6 On Meals: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary 77

    7 On Work: and Taking Spiritual Repose 85

    8 On Leisure: Interacting with Others 95

    9 The Examen: Reviewing Our Daily Progress 107

    10 On Retiring: Practicing Detachment 117

    Part 3 Sacred Moments

    11 Prayer: Communing with the Divine 129

    12 Living the "Little Virtues" 141

    13 Confession and the Grace of Reconciliation 155

    14 Mass and the Grace of Encounter 165

    Conclusion: The Universal Call to Holiness 181

    Appendix 1 The Spiritual Directory 185

    Appendix 2 Helpful Resources for Living Well 205

    Reverend Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S 211

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