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Introduction to the Devout Life (A Vero House Abridged Classic)
     

Introduction to the Devout Life (A Vero House Abridged Classic)

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by Francis de Sales, Kenneth E. Nowell (Editor)
 

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(Edited for modern English, with minor abridgement.) Since its initial publication, more than four centuries ago, Introduction to the Devout Life has become the most popular Catholic "how to" guide to spiritual formation. Written for the laity, and emphasizing charity over penance, it quickly became immensely influential.

It's author was an extraordinarily gifted

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(Edited for modern English, with minor abridgement.) Since its initial publication, more than four centuries ago, Introduction to the Devout Life has become the most popular Catholic "how to" guide to spiritual formation. Written for the laity, and emphasizing charity over penance, it quickly became immensely influential.

It's author was an extraordinarily gifted man of prayer and study, who became known as "the gentleman saint." Francis de Sales was the eldest of six French brothers, born into the comfortable world of Savoy nobility. He was educated by Jesuits, eventually receiving his doctorate in law and philosophy. But law and luxury were not prime motivators for Francis. In Paris, while contemplating the eternal consequences of his life, Francis experienced a profound spiritual awakening, which prompted him to consecrate himself to the Virgin Mary with a vow of chastity.

Francis was ordained at the age of 26, and elevated to bishop nine years later. Yet, the young pastor would not have an easy flock to shepherd. He was assigned to the diocese of Geneva, a stronghold of Calvinist Protestants, making him the target of repeated assassination attempts. After all, some firebrand preachers had condemned his Introduction for tolerating dancing and even jokes!

But the patient bishop's gentle spirit proved useful in soothing the resentments of Christian rivals. Eventually, his eloquent faith -- spoken, written and lived -- converted 40,000 Protestants.

At a time wracked by religious resentment, his motto became, "He who preaches with love, preaches effectively." His message was, "God is love." Consequently, his enduring Catholic spirituality is often referred to as "The Way of Divine Love."

Every Christian can benefit from the wisdom shared by this prayerful Doctor of the Church.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780997596038
Publisher:
Vero House Publishing, Corp.
Publication date:
06/11/2016
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Introduction to the Devout Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
St. Francis de Sales in this timeless classic directs the average person in the spiritual life to a deeper union with Jesus Christ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
St. Francis teaches how to conduct all aspects of our lives in a way that orders them toward a closer relationship with God. A must for those seeking to deepen their faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it, but the chapters are incredibly short. :/
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Yeah. Try to make these longer. Including emotions of characters would work.