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"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. In the first part the author helps the soul to free itself from all inclination to, or affection for, sin; in the second, he teaches it how to be united to God by prayer and the sacraments; in the third, he exercises it in the practice of virtue; in the fourth, he strengthens it…mehr

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"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. In the first part the author helps the soul to free itself from all inclination to, or affection for, sin; in the second, he teaches it how to be united to God by prayer and the sacraments; in the third, he exercises it in the practice of virtue; in the fourth, he strengthens it against temptation; in the fifth, he teaches it how to form its resolutions and to persevere. The "Introduction", which is a masterpiece of psychology, practical morality, and common sense, was translated into nearly every language even in the lifetime of the author, and it has since gone through innumerable editions. This Premium Edition includes : . An Easy to Read Layout making reading comfortable . A biography of St Francis . Beautiful engravings . More than 200 footnotes
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St Francis de Sales was born on 21st August 1567 at the family chateau at Thorens, near Annecy in the Savoy region of France. He was the eldest child of devoutly Catholic parents. Educated in Paris and Padua, he was ordained priest in 1593 and in 1602 was consecrated Bishop of Geneva. His goodness, patience and mildness became proverbial. The author of the classic book The Introduction to the Devout Life, he is the patron saint of writers. He died in 1662, and his feast is celebrated on 24th January. Canonized in 1665, St Francis de Sales was proclaimed Doctor of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX in 1877.