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The Wisdom of Saint Francis De Sales

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During his lifetime St. Francis wrote many books and innumerable letters of spiritual advice. He was known far and wide as the best spiritual director of his day. He converted seventy-two thousand Calvinists back to the Catholic Faith. Introduction to the Devout Life is one of his most widely known works. This compilation of gems of wisdom from this great Doctor of souls is a small tribute to his genius and sanctity and a book from you will derive much consolation.

Translated by Mario DiTata

 

Table of Contents

Foreword
Part One: Prayer and the Sacraments
1. The Word of God
2. Devotion to Mary, the Angels, and the Saints
3. The Confession of Sins
4. The Holy Eucharist
5. Other Public Devotions
6. The Spirit of Recollection
7. Consolations in Prayer

Part Two: The Virtues
1. The Selection of Virtues
2. Patience
3. Humility 
4. Obedience 
5. Chastity
6. Poverty of Spirit
7. Modesty
8. Faithfulness to Duty
9. Social Virtues

Part Three: Obstacles to Virtue 
1. Opposition from the World 
2. Temptations
3. Harmful Desires
4. Dangerous Amusements
5. Anger 
6. Rash Judgment and Detraction
7. Anxiety
8. Sadness


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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.

Born
    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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