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Thus, to those who love God can never stop thinking about him, longing for him, aspiring to him, and speaking about him.If they could, they would engrave the name of Jesus on the hearts of all humankind." The key to love of God was prayer.Some tore it up because Francis encouraged dancing and jokes!
In every career and state in life, Christians can become more and more like Jesus Christ. Francis gave spiritual direction to lay people who were living real lives in the real world.
"By turning your eyes on God in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with God.
Begin all your prayers in the presence of God." For busy people living in the world, he advised, "Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with others and talk to God." The test of prayer was a person's actions.
God made his will clear to Francis one day while he was riding. Every time he fell, the sword came out of the scabbard, and every time it came out, the sword and scabbard came to rest on the ground in the shape of the Christian cross.
After much discussion and disagreement from his father, Francis was ordained to the priesthood and elected provost of the Diocese of Geneva, in 1593, by the Bishop of Geneva.
He had proven with his own life that people could grow in holiness while involved in a very active occupation.