Introduction to the Devout Life

Introduction to the Devout Life

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by Saint Francis de Sales
     
 

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Devout life does not require withdrawal from the world. This was the central insight of Saint Francis de Sales, a 16th-century priest whose Introduction to the Devout Life has not gone out of print in almost four centuries. Francis served the church at a dangerous time in a dangerous place: during the Reformation, in Calvinist areas of France, when celebrating

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Devout life does not require withdrawal from the world. This was the central insight of Saint Francis de Sales, a 16th-century priest whose Introduction to the Devout Life has not gone out of print in almost four centuries. Francis served the church at a dangerous time in a dangerous place: during the Reformation, in Calvinist areas of France, when celebrating mass was punishable by death. He was a popular minister and a prolific letter writer whose correspondence was cherished for its clear and direct instruction in the ways of piety. The book collects passages from many of those letters, organized as one message addressed to the allegorical character Philothea (which means "lover of God"). The book includes long sections about prayer, temptation, and how to maintain and renew devotion to God. But it is most distinguished by its discussion of how to live a holy life in the secular world. Each chapter (such as "How to Combine Due Care for a Good Reputation with Humility") is frank, uncannily modern, and precise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781456447526
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/03/2010
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Saint Francis de Sales (1567 -1622) was Bishop of Geneva and is a Roman Catholic saint. He worked to convert Protestants back to Catholicism, and was an accomplished preacher. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly Introduction to the Devout Life. His writings on the perfections of the Heart of Mary as the model of love for God influenced St. Jean Eudes C.O. to develop the joint devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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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.