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St. Francis DeSales, the beloved Doctor of the Church, teaches how to grow closer to God through suffering well the most bitter trials.
" The bed of sickness is an altar of sacrifice," writes the Saint in this treasure of spirituality. He explains what prayers are suitable for the sick, how to persevere in patience, and even how to overcome an excessive fear of death. Most importantly, St. Francis de Sales teaches about abandonment to God's will in both life and death, drawing from his memories of deaths of his own mother and sister.