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The Complete Introduction to The Devout Life

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Introduction to the Devout Life is named one of Top 100 Christian books of all times by Church Times 

Praised by a wide-ranging group of enthusiasts, from the novelist Anne Rice to the Catholic theologian Dr. Michael Downey, Fr. John-Julian's powerful translations and significant annotations of the classics are inspiring and challenging. 

"Following in the successful path blazed in his treatment of Julian of Norwich, as well as in The Complete Imitation of Christ, Fr. John-Julian graces us with another of his exceptional writings in The Complete Introduction to the Devout Life. His introduction, translation and commentary of Francis de Sales' classic text works on so many levels. Written with careful scholarship balanced with a prayerful practicality, John-Julian's treatment serves both the scholar of Christian spirituality as much as it resources the person seeking a deeper life in Christ. Not unlike de Sales' own text, though written for the 'common Christian,' its profound depths are available for those who desire to dive deeper into its riches. A tour de force treatment of an enduring classic, it is bound to become a classic in its own right." 
_The Rev. Dr. Todd E. Johnson, Theological Director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary 

"Fr. John Julian's new translation and commentary joins with his previous books to create a library of Christian classics of inestimable value to anyone seriously interested in Christian spirituality." 
_The Rev. Dr. Arnold Klukas, Professor of Liturgics and Ascetical Theology, Nashotah House Theological Seminary

"It is indeed one of the very best books available today....We highly recommend it whenever we have the opportunity to do so and turn to it ourselves when we need to consider a certain passage of the Intro. "
Joanne Kinney, Administrator, DeSales Resources and Ministries
Stella Niagara, NY

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St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/24
Tridentine Calendar - 01/24

Patron Of: Confessors, Congo, Deaf, Journalists, Press, Teachers, Writers, Authors

    Born in a castle to a well-placed family, his parents intended that he become a lawyer, enter politics, and carry on the family line and power. Studied at La Roche, Annecy, Clermont College in Paris, and law at the University of Padua. Doctor of Law. He returned home, and found a position as Senate advocate.

    It was at this point that he received a message telling him to "Leave all and follow Me." He took this as a call to the priesthood, a move his family fiercely opposed. However, he pursued a devoted prayer life, and his gentle ways won over the family.

    Priest. Provost of the diocese of Geneva, Switzerland, a stronghold of Calvinists. Preacher, writer and spiritual director in the district of Chablais. His simple, clear explanations of Catholic doctrine, and his gentle way with everyone, brought many back to the Roman Church.

    Bishop of Geneva at age 35. Travelled and evangelized throughout the Duchy of Savoy, working with children whenever he could. Friend of Saint Vincent de Paul. Turned down a wealthy French bishopric. Helped found the Order of the Visitation with Saint Jeanne de Chantal. Prolific correspondent. Doctor of the Church.

    1567 at Chateau of Thorens, Savoy

    28 December 1622 at Lyons, France; buried at Annecy

    8 January 1662 by Pope Alexander VII

    19 April 1665 by Pope Alexander VII

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