50 episodes

Welcome to Catholic Classics from Ascension! Each season we'll read through a great Catholic spiritual writing providing insightful commentary and practical guidance along the way. Informative and enriching, these 20-30 mins episodes will allow you to learn from the Catholic Church’s most revered saints and teachers as you seek to cultivate your spiritual life.
This season, Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. and Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P. will guide you through "Introduction to the Devout Life" by St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church. In just 43 days, you'll discover what generations of Catholics have learned from this treasured book: that it is possible to have a personal relationship with Jesus, regardless of your vocation and the demands of daily life.

Catholic Classics Ascension

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 549 Ratings

Welcome to Catholic Classics from Ascension! Each season we'll read through a great Catholic spiritual writing providing insightful commentary and practical guidance along the way. Informative and enriching, these 20-30 mins episodes will allow you to learn from the Catholic Church’s most revered saints and teachers as you seek to cultivate your spiritual life.
This season, Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. and Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P. will guide you through "Introduction to the Devout Life" by St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church. In just 43 days, you'll discover what generations of Catholics have learned from this treasured book: that it is possible to have a personal relationship with Jesus, regardless of your vocation and the demands of daily life.

    Day 43: Conclusion: How Do I Go Forth? (Introduction to the Devout Life)

    Day 43: Conclusion: How Do I Go Forth? (Introduction to the Devout Life)

    We have arrived at the final episode! In these last chapters, St. Francis de Sales reminds us to be practical in our resolutions, not to be deterred in seeking the Devout Life, and finally, to be bold in our pursuit of Christ. Fr. Gregory and Fr. Jacob-Bertrand highlight that to follow this wisdom, we cannot underestimate the importance of courage in the Christian life.


    To get your copy of the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/catholicclassics or text "INTRO" to 33-777.


    Please note: Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 22 min
    Day 42: Considerations When Moving Onward (Introduction to the Devout Life)

    Day 42: Considerations When Moving Onward (Introduction to the Devout Life)

    To strengthen our resolve in pursuing the Devout Life, Saint Francis de Sales offers 5 meditations on the excellence of our souls, the greatness of virtues, the example of the saints, and the eternal love that comes from both Jesus and God the Father. Fr. Gregory and Fr. Jacob-Bertrand assure us that God will faithfully give us what we need to continually transform our lives and draw closer to his divine life.


    To get your copy of the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/catholicclassics or text "INTRO" to 33-777.


    Please note: Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 24 min
    Day 41: Examining Our Conscience (Introduction to the Devout Life)

    Day 41: Examining Our Conscience (Introduction to the Devout Life)

    As we approach the end of the book, St. Francis de Sales shows us how to calmly examine our conscience when it comes to the Devout Life, particularly when it comes to ourselves, God, and our neighbors. What are we still attached to? Fr. Gregory and Fr. Jacob-Bertram encourage us to ask God for the grace to unburden ourselves and run yet more quickly to him.


    To get your copy of the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/catholicclassics or text "INTRO" to 33-777.


    Please note: Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 26 min
    Day 40: Renewing Resolutions (Introduction to the Devout Life)

    Day 40: Renewing Resolutions (Introduction to the Devout Life)

    As we commit to living the devout life, how do we renew our resolutions along the way? St. Francis begins this final part of the book by offering us practical advice for persevering in the spiritual life as we inevitably experience trials, personal failures, and changing seasons. Fr. Gregory and Fr. Jacob remind us to never give up when we fail because God can use our imperfections to perfect us in holiness.


    To get your copy of the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/catholicclassics or text "INTRO" to 33-777.


    Please note: Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 25 min
    [BONUS] Intro Part 5: Exercises and Counsels for Renewing the Soul and Strengthening Her Devotion

    [BONUS] Intro Part 5: Exercises and Counsels for Renewing the Soul and Strengthening Her Devotion

    In this special bonus episode, Fr. Gregory reads the commentary to Part 5 of Introduction to the Devout Life, the last part of Introduction to the Devout life. In this final part of the book, St. Francis De Sales provides us encouragement when it comes to making progress in the spiritual life.


    To get your copy of the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/catholicclassics or text "INTRO" to 33-777.


    Please note: Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 6 min
    Day 39: The Rhythm of Consolation and Desolation (Introduction to the Devout Life)

    Day 39: The Rhythm of Consolation and Desolation (Introduction to the Devout Life)

    In the conclusion of Part 4, St. Francis de Sales draws on the story of a companion of St. Bernard of Clairvaux to convey that we have to be prepared for God to give us moments of consolation to encourage us and moments of desolation to strengthen us. Fr. Gregory and Fr. Jacob-Bertrand assure us that no matter the season, we will be able to see God’s hand in our lives.


    To get your copy of the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/catholicclassics or text "INTRO" to 33-777.


    Please note: Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
549 Ratings

549 Ratings

MarilynMM17 ,

Thank you

I loved listening to this classic.

I didn’t plan it but I finished listening to it today, on the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales.

Thank you for your insights and especially the humor sprinkled in.

I’m looking forward to the next classic. Thank you both for your priestly vocations.

Fran 378 ,

Glad I Joined

Because of illness and other interruptions I am late in doing this podcast. I am just now getting caught up with it as well as the book. I enjoy listening to Father Gregory and Father Jacob. The book could be a little daunting without their guidance. Learning things I didn’t know about the devout life is well worth my time.
Thank you fathers and thank you Ascension.

grincon55 ,

Book well chosen!

So far I’m loving the book! I’m probably going to end up buying it. Cuddos to the brothers, they are doing an excellent job with the narration and with the comments!

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