If all these exercises were to be performed every day they would undoubtedly fill up all our time, but it is only necessary to use them according to time and place as they are wanted. What a quantity of laws there are in our civil codes and digests! But they are only called into use from time to time, as circumstances arise, not every day. (p.240) He then refers to examples of individuals who were industrious yet successfully strived for the spiritual life. He mentioned that King David, a Biblical figure known both for his inexcusable weaknesses and his destiny after God’s own heart, was “involved in a multiplicity of complicated affairs (p.240).” Additionally, the king followed more religious duties towards devotion than de Sales proposed in the guide. He further details the reader on the life of St. Louis, who he esteems as being an unmatchable monarch throughout time. The leader ruled his country with persistence alongside listening to two daily masses, confessing, and meditating. He also practiced spiritual acts of service such as visiting hospitals and supporting the well-being of other’s.
De Sales himself was a man with countless responsibilities. According to the preface by Cardinal Archbishop Edward Egan, de Sales was ordained a priest in 1593 and consecrated Bishop of Geneva in 1602. During this time, he visited each of