Introduction to a Devout Life, to Which Is Prefixed an Abstract of His Life

Introduction to a Devout Life, to Which Is Prefixed an Abstract of His Life By Francis de Sales, Introduction to a Devout Life to Which Is Prefixed an Abstract of His Life This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of the origi
  • Title: Introduction to a Devout Life, to Which Is Prefixed an Abstract of His Life
  • Author: Francis de Sales
  • ISBN: 9781176721678
  • Page: 413
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  • Introduction to a Devout Life, to Which Is Prefixed an Abstract of His Life By Francis de Sales, This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923 This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into priThis is a reproduction of a book published before 1923 This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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    1. Francis de Sales

      Francis de Sales, C.O T.O.M A.O.F.M Cap was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and the Treatise on the Love of God.

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    1. This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book It s aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clergy or monastic life It s written to an imagined devout woman, but really it s written to anyone who is interested in this subject, and even non Catholic people will find plenty of useful hints in here.The work on the [...]


    2. I ve read this book a few times, and although it s about 400 years old, it s a gem It s broken up into small chapters so it s great to read just one little tidbit each day.


    3. February 4, 2012 Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them EXCELLENT BOOK As January 24th is the feast day of St Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and journalists, I decided it was as good a reason as any to begin reading this his most popular work again Have loved and learned so much from it before and look forward to doing so again In the Introduction to IttDL St Francis [...]


    4. I apologize for taking so long to write this review it is Everyman s and Woman s How To Become a Saint ManualSpiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director that s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up the world for the religious life, right Wrong Every Christian is called to work on their faith, spirituality is like a garden that must be tended on a continual basis if it is to produce fruit In this classic spiritual how to book, St Francis [...]


    5. I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment to be or not to be a nun , and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy my spiritual life suffers tremendously compared to St Frances de Sales and the other saints that he writes about however, the second half was so gentle and so uplifting, with so many bee analogies and a million different ways of saying kindly, It s okay You re [...]


    6. Been reading this every couple of years for Lent This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it.What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks Figure it will remain that way since I have so many imperfections to work on.


    7. Good Story 51 Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St Francis de Sales We swear we didn t plan it that way what are the odds I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so many of the points are good for everyday life I d say the weakest points, or perhaps simply those where the book shows its age, are in de Sales many examples from natural history It really lets the air out of an example when it is something li [...]


    8. A good translation is so important I ve seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions they seem to just drag on and on rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey So far the best translation I saw was this 1885 edition Obviously, it would be out of print I ll keep searching The same thing about the difference translation makes I m thinking about Story of a Soul a great translation is in Project Gutenberg and The Imitation o [...]


    9. From my 100 word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool The classic spiritual guide for lay people Practical and specific advice 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate Discusses humility, chastity, friendship, courage, and other virtues How to attend Mass and make a good confession How to make a yearly examination of your progress You will want to read it again and again.One criticism W [...]


    10. This is one of the few books that stays on my nightstand I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help I d never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference.


    11. This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two page well intentioned instructions , all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales work as bishop Because he was so busy, he says, I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as to a polished style, I have not given that a thought Written for the whole person, living in the world, to nourish a virtuous life of devotion to God.


    12. Second reading.Introduction to the Devout Life 1608 St Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey The ten meditations in the But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households, and whose calling obliges them to a social life, so far as externals are concerned p 2 This is St Francis intention here I have arranged this Introduction in five parts first of which I seek by suggestions and exercises to turn P [...]


    13. Saint Francis de Sales patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life among his numerous other books and pamphlets , he gives to not only Catholics around the world but humanity in general, a religious, imformative yet readable work of theology that will aid in answering some of the fundamental questions of human existence But importantly, in the Introduction to the De [...]


    14. No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading St Francis advice is incredibly practical and down to earth Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague love God directions I always wonder, Ok, but HOW do I do that How am to live I should have read this book years earlier, because St Francis lays an excellent groundwork for living a devout life.But if you don t want to feel called on the carpet, you better pass, because St Fran [...]


    15. ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit this book gave me everything i was looking for and it s hard to move through this book fast not only is it 400 years old but sometimes each sentence demands serious contemplation for a few days i am excited to re read it and move through it on my own time probably best to journal along side as there are many reflective questions and insights to [...]


    16. Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot In this enterprise we must have courage and patience


    17. Well, what to say about this one You ve got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don t mean you gotta be able to read old timey talk I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he would use different language He wouldn t say you have to hate your own soul while you re striving to become pure in the eyes of the Lord I m not sure he said that exactly, but a lot of stuff like that Stuff on that vibe And [...]


    18. This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it Full of so much wisdom I ll be referencing it a lot, I m sure.


    19. This book is a superb example of Francis de Sales pastoral style and earnest faith Everything in here is worthwhile Christian reading, regardless of your faith background I cannot speak highly enough of Francis exhortations to the faithful You may disagree that the goal of Christian living is devotion, or holiness, but you cannot claim that following the advice set forth here will make you a lesser Christian.There is one section which strikes me as being particularly poignant in a post Christian [...]


    20. When I initially read about St Francis de Sales I was really excited to read him Here was a man, who, like myself, experienced deep spiritual despair upon being exposed to Calvinism St Francis, like myself, also came out of that despair with a firm resolution towards God s mercy and unconditional love.So it came as a surprise to me to find all the ugly anger of Protestantism in this book Meditations on sinners suffering in hell, acting pious so that you could avoid hell, sections on not judging [...]


    21. When St Francis De Sales wrote Introduction to the Devout Life in the 16th Century, he probably didn t know that his book would continue to be one of the most widely read books on Christian spirituality 400 years later Yet, that is exactly what it is ITTDL is in fact one of the most widely read books in history, ranking up there with the Bible and the Imitation of Christ St Francis wrote this book for a lay woman who wanted to live a deeper spiritual life, and its discussion of spirituality for [...]


    22. This medieval saint is writing to help a young lady in the faith He is a keen observer of men and their ways and writes out many ideas on relationships and character that one doesn t see often He is Catholic, and this comes out so often, but at the same time his Jesuit like urge to meditate, to seek intimacy with God is something we evangelicals often need in our walk with God Some of his illustrations form classic writers like Pliny and Plato are cute, one wonders how the medieval mind could ac [...]


    23. All true and living devotion presupposes the Love of God This spiritual classic is written not by a monk for monks but by a catholic bishop advising a young wife of an ambassador to live a pious life Mme de Charmoisy found it difficult to maintain a devout spirit in the midst of all the glamour of courtly life So she wrote to Frances de Sales for advise.Francis de Sales starts with an explanation of what a devout life is Then follows very practical advise on prayer introducing topics to meditate [...]


    24. The beginning of the book offers a number of different meditations, which unfortunately came before his instructions on how to practice them Most of the rest of the book flows relatively smoothly, though, offering lots of practical advice for living a spiritual life I think the fact that it was written for lay people trying to live spiritually it the midst of a materialistic world makes it pretty accessible, even to the extent of not seeming to be quite as old as I know it is Perhaps the transla [...]


    25. I ve read most of St Francis de Sales Catholic Controversy and had heard only good things about his Introduction What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life I m certain many zealous Catholics will agree with me that the general quality of homilies nowadays is low but luckily we have the doctors and saints of the Church to give us what St Peter calls the pure rational milk so we might grow in love for God.By the way, as I was read [...]


    26. St Francis de Sales perennial classic of spiritual direction I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis But there is a great difference St Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St Philip Neri and embraces some elements of the life of the laity that were previously thought sinful But, all things in moderation, and in careful consideration of consequences to the soul This theology for the laity I find elements of most recently [...]


    27. Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many of today s Catholic Christians, but probably remains very good advice He also focuses on daily prayer and meditation as a part of a daily routine Easy to read Taken seriously, it could be an invaluable personal aid. [...]


    28. This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing I would be starting back at the beginning again it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place You know how the first time you read C.S Lewis, you thought, how could I not have seen the world this way before Of course It s all so clear This is that kind of book God be praised for his servant, Francis de Sales.


    29. Had I not stumbled across Letters of Spiritual Devotion first, I would have skipped this title, thinking it was only for holy men and women, and not for the ordinary people of the world aspiring to fill the spiritual void within, as they live the ordinary life, as was his intention with this book Letters inspired me to read about the man and his times, which led to the desire to read of his writings.


    30. I went to a Catholic school from Kindergarten to 12th grade 13yrs When I graduated I never felt a great connection to God However, as the years have passed and I ve fallen and gain many experiences throughout the realities in life I have been drawn close to our Creator This book seems to be the perfect guide to living an ideal life Even if one is not Christian, living their lives by these standards would surely live in true fulfillment and leave a positive contribution to this world.


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