The life & writings of st Francis de sales:
St Francis taught that we can all attain a devout and spiritual life, whatever our position in society: holiness is not reserved for monks and hermits alone. He wrote that “religious devotion does not destroy: it perfects,” and his spiritual counsel is dedicated to making people more holy by making them more themselves.
St Francis mentored many people in his life time – bishops, priests, nuns, & lay people. He provided great spiritual counsel, & his wisdom lives on today in his writings…
Major writings of St Francis de Sales:
“An Introduction to the Devout Life,” a work intended to lead “(Philothea)”, the soul living in the world, into the paths of devotion, that is to say, of true and solid piety. Every one should strive to become pious, and “it is an error, it is even a heresy”, to hold that piety is incompatible with any state of life.
“Treatise on the Love of God,” It contains twelve books. The first four give us a history, or rather explain the theory, of Divine love, its birth in the soul, its growth, its perfection, and its decay and annihilation; the fifth book shows that this love is twofold – the love of complacency and the love of benevolence; the sixth and seventh treat of affective love, which is practised in prayer; the eight and ninth deal with effective love, that is, conformity to the will of God, and submission to His good pleasure. The last three resume what has preceded and teach how to apply practically the lessons taught therein.
“Defense of the Standard of the Cross”, a demonstration of the virtue:
- of the True Cross;
- of the Crucifix;
- of the Sign of the Cross;
- an explanation of the Veneration of the Cross.“Spiritual Conferences,”familiar conversations on religious virtues addressed to the sisters of the Visitation and collected by them
“Sermons,” – various sermons preached while he was Bishop.
“Letters,” mostly letters of direction, in which the minister of God effaces himself and teaches the soul to listen to God, the only true director.
Do you have a spiritual mentor/friend? Are you in need of one? Why not invite St. Francis de Sales into your life? He will lead you to a deep & loving relationship with God!
Excerpts adapted from the Catholic Encyclopedia