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An Introduction to the Devout Life Paperback – January 4, 2010
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Original Language: French --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE DEVOUT LIFE (hereafter, IDL) by Francis de Sales (John K. Ryan, ed.)(New York: Doubleday, Image Books, 1972) is the distillation of the written correspondence exchanged between the Roman Catholic bishop, Francis de Sales and his relative by marriage, Mademoiselle de Charmoisy (Marie de Chastel). Published only coincidentally when Marie showed the letters to the Jesuit priest, Pére Jean Fourier, who subsequently persuaded Francis to prepare them for publication. It is no wonder that Francis has been honored as the 'patron saint of writers'. His illustrations--frequently derived from nature--are always rich and informative, but sometimes overly florid. For example, he defines 'devotion' as: 'the delight of delights and queen of the virtues since it is the perfection of charity. If charity is milk, devotion is its cream; if it is a plant, devotion is its blossom; if it is a precious stone, devotion is its luster; if it is a rich ointment, devotion is its odor, yes, the odor of sweetness which comforts men and rejoices angels' (p. 43). Francis has also been deemed a 'Doctor of the Church' for his wisdom. Take for example this comment on the exercise of certain virtues: 'Occasions do not often present themselves for the exercise of fortitude, magnanimity, and great generosity, but meekness, temperance, integrity, and humility are virtues that must mark all our actions. We like sugar better than salt but salt is in more common and frequent use' (p. 121).Read more ›
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This is the perfect guide for anyone who is trying to live a holy life in the midst of the world. If I had to recommend one spiritual book for anyone to read and reread and reread... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryan P. Kraeger
This is a wonderful spiritual guide for a lay person. St. Francis De Sales intended it for the laity, and he wrote it with clarity and compassion.Published 4 months ago by Jeanine Narayanan
Another great book - the book arrived on time and in great condition! Can't thank you enough.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful introduction to the spiritual life, timely and needed. Great for anyone going on a spiritual retreat, particularly the renewal of resolutions in final chapterPublished 5 months ago by Kevin Heery
The "Christian Classics Ethereal Library" text of Introduction to the Devout Life is unfortunately corrupt. It removes several Catholic references. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jonathan Aquino
Using this as a Bible Study book. Inspires one to look at inner self and relationship with God and the life He has given us.Published 9 months ago by silksliver
St. Francis walks the reader through the steps of getting close to God. Working though the book is like being on a retreat.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lays the path very clear to a deeper relationship with God. A must read if you desire a closer relationship with God.Published 13 months ago by Paul O'Shea