Treatise on the Love of God
by St. Francis of Sales
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Treatise on the Love of God is a
manual intended to help believers strengthen their
devotion to God. St. de Sales describes his project by saying, "it is
my intention to represent simply and naively, without art, still more
without false colours, the history of the birth, progress, decay,
operations, properties, advantages and excellences of divine love." The
Treatise is divided into twelve books. The first four books
nature of the human soul and provide the history of divine love. Book
Five explores the two principle exercises of love, namely, sacred
complacency and benevolence. Books Six and Seven discuss the importance
of practicing love through prayer, while Books Eight and Nine express
the importance of submitting to God's will. The final three books are
devoted to exploring the practical importance of God's holy love in our
lives. St. de Sales' Treatise is a captivating depiction of
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