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How To Profit From Your Faults
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Here is practical guidance for turning imperfections to one's advantage. Author Joseph Tissot, member (and at one time superior-general) of the congregation of Missionaries of St. Frances de Sales of Annecy, France, wrote this book to help readers gain a proper sense of themselves and an accurate perspective on their own failings.
Drawing on the wisdom of St. Francis de Sales and other great saints, as well as a rich understanding and broad experience of human nature, Fr. Tissot offers practical guidance for the interior struggle. Very thoroughly footnoted, this volume contains a final chapter entitled "Devotion to Our Lady" which is in itself worth the price of the whole.
Originally published in 1878 as L'art d'utiliser ses fautes, this fine book was first published in English translation in 1996. The 2004 edition of the English translation is currently in its fifth printing!
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One reader writes:
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This book very aptly points out that our faults should not discourage us. This is where the pearl of great price is to be found and treasured. What is that pearl of great price? It is called humility and without humility there can be no real virtue.
It is only by God's mercy and grace that we can do anything good, so why do we often take the credit for our good works? Even the best good works are stained by a secret pride. The remedy?! God allows us to commit faults and sins; some greater, some lesser, to remind us that we are nothing and the He is everything. In a word, to keep us humble. What a beautiful plan God has for our salvation.
One of my favorite quotes to illustrate this point is. "Do mules, just because they are loaded with the precious perfumed furniture of the prince, lose their stupidity and their stubbornness? What good do we possess that we have not received? And if we have received it, why do we glory in it?"
This recognition of our faults should lead us to gratitude towards God for all He has done for us and a compassion for our neighbor when we see his faults. Oh, how good the all merciful God is! Taste and see the goodness of the Lord. It is through contrition that we are raised to a higher place than we were before we committed the fault.
The book is filled with consolation and hope. There are several beautiful prayers which serve to pick oneself up and begin anew with peace and confidence in God's merciful love. This book fills the reader with a sense of trust in all God ordains. All things work together for the good for those who love and serve God.
Find your creator and lover today and marvel at the mercy of God. A book that should be a part of daily meditation, "How to Profit from your Faults" will help you to grow in the virtue of humility which is the foundation of all virtues.
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