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In the creation God commanded the plants of the earth to bring forth fruit, each after its kind; and in a similar way He commands Christians, who are the living plants of His Church, to bring forth the fruits of devotion, each according to his calling and vocation…. [T]rue devotion hinders no one, but rather it perfects everything, and whenever it is out of keeping with any person’s legitimate vocation, it must be spurious. Aristotle says that the bee extracts honey from the flowers without injuring them, leaving them as fresh and whole as she finds them; but true devotion does still better, for it not only hinders no duty or vocation, but on the contrary it adorns and purifies them. — Introduction to the Devout Life, Chapter III, “Devotion Suitable to All Kinds of Vocations and Professions.”


Saint Francis de Sales (1567–1622) was a Catholic writer, bishop of a largely Calvinist Geneva during the Reformation and an early leader of the Counterreformation. The patron saint of journalists and writers, he is most famous for his
Introduction to the Devout Life, which, as the title implies, is an entrée into the spiritual life, meant to be read by laity as well as religious.

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