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Francis of Sales, St. (1567-1622)

Bishop of Geneva and a leader of the counter-reformation


Works about St. Francis of Sales

St. Francis of Sales -- from The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge

January 29. -- St. Francis of Sales -- from from Lives of the Saints with Reflections for Every Day of the Year

Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI -- from Herbermann, Charles George (1840-1916)

Francis of Sales, St. (1567-1622) -- from Wikipedia Article


Works by St. Francis of Sales

Introduction to the Devout Life

Description: Do I need to go into full-time ministry to live a truly Christian life? Am I really a Christian if I'm not out preaching the gospel in dangerous places where people have never heard of Christ? Can secular work benefit the kingdom of God? All Christians struggle to discern God's call on their life, but God does call all to live a Christ-centered life. Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis of Sales attempts to help Christians discern what it means to be a child of God in a secular world. We can glorify God in a secular world, and be a testimony to the world of God's abounding grace and love.

Andrew Hanson
CCEL Intern

Treatise on the Love of God

Description: Treatise on the Love of God is a manual intended to help believers strengthen their devotion to God. St. de Sales describes his project by saying, "it is truly my intention to represent simply and naively, without art, still more without false colours, the history of the birth, progress, decay, operations, properties, advantages and excellences of divine love." The Treatise is divided into twelve books. The first four books explain the nature of the human soul and provide the history of divine love. Book Five explores the two principle exercises of love, namely, sacred complacency and benevolence. Books Six and Seven discuss the importance of practicing love through prayer, while Books Eight and Nine express the importance of submitting to God's will. The final three books are devoted to exploring the practical importance of God's holy love in our lives. St. de Sales' Treatise is a captivating depiction of love.

Emmalon Davis

CCEL Staff Writer

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