Prayer: I beseech Thee, O God, to accept these my desires and vows, and to give thy holy benediction to my soul, to the end that it may accomplish them, through the merits of thy blessed Son’s blood, shed upon the cross for me.

(St. Francis de Sales –  An Introduction to the Devout Life – Chapter 10)

In this chapter St. Francis is getting us to think about the reason we were created: to know God, to love God, both here during our life on earth and to be with God for all eternity in heaven. Four hundred years ago people were distracted from thinking about their ultimate purpose, just as we are today, and will be in the future. In living a devout life, we will not be distracted, but will keep in mind and in prayer, the reason we were created.