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Introduction to the Devout Life

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Francis de Sales’s Introduction to the Devout Life has remained a uniquely accessible and relevant treasure of devotion for nearly four hundred years. As Bishop of Geneva in the first quarter of the seventeenth century, Francis de Sales saw to the spiritual needs of everyone from the poorest peasants to court ladies. The desire to be closer to God that he found in people from all levels of society led him to compile these instructions on how to live in Christ. Francis’s compassionate Introduction leads the reader through practical ways of attaining a devout life without renouncing the world and offers prayers and meditations to strengthen devotion in the face of temptation and hardship.

Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales

This remarkable book, originally issued in 1609, has remained a uniquely accessible and relevant treasure of devotion for nearly four hundred years. As Bishop of Geneva in the first quarter of the 17th century, Francis de Sales saw to the spiritual needs of everyone from the poorest peasants to court ladies. The desire to be closer to God that he found in people from all levels of society led him to compile these instructions on how to live in Christ. Francis’s compassionate Introduction leads the reader through practical ways of attaining a devout life without renouncing the world and offers prayers and meditations to strengthen devotion in the face of temptation and hardship.

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"Devout life does not require withdrawal from the world. This was the central insight of Saint Francis de Sales, a 17th-century priest whose Introduction to the Devout Life has not gone out of print in 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." --Michael Joseph Gross

 

 

 


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0375725628
9780375725623
288
8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm) x 0 5/8"  (1.58 cm)
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This item received 5 stars overall. This book is an excellent addition to the library of Catholic families, a great guide for mothers!

Philothea or An Introduction to the Devout Life has become a book I turn to constantly for spiritual direction as mother and wife.  Written by Saint Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church, for Saint Jane Frances de Chantal who was first a mother and later finished her life as a cloistered nun.  I find the form of this book applies greatly in my life. You will find this book in my purse, in my diap Full Review...

This item received 5 stars overall. Must read for ANYONE looking to live a holier life!

I can't believe I put off this book for nearly two years!  I've always wanted to read it, but I get very intimidated by spiritual classics.  I am a notorious skimmer & reading slowly is difficult for me. Over Easter, however, I had the opportunity to slow down and dig deep into the St. Francis of de Sales classic Introduction to the Devout Life.

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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

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    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.

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    1567 at Chateau of Thorens, Savoy

Died
    28 December 1622 at Lyons, France; buried at Annecy

Beatified
    8 January 1662 by Pope Alexander VII

Canonized
    19 April 1665 by Pope Alexander VII


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