Francis de Sales & Jane de Chantal
Francis de Sales & Jane de Chantal

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Wright, Wendy M. 

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The story of the extraordinary spiritual friendship between Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal

About this Book:

The story of the extraordinary spiritual friendship between Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal is recounted in this welcome addition to the Saints by Our Side series. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was a priest, bishop, founder of Salesian spirituality, and a renowned spiritual director. Jane de Chantal (1572-1641) was a wife, a mother, a nun, and the founder of a religious community.

Though they were people with very different life experiences and circumstances, the friendship that developed between Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal shows how the lives and holiness of these two saints are interconnected, and their story demonstrates how they lived this spiritual friendship and how it helped each of them achieve great things.

Salesian spirituality is relational: Francis realized that we find God in the center of our hearts. The inmost being of our hearts is focused on relationships--not only with God, but with all those who are part of our lives. For Francis and Jane, friendships are vital to the spiritual journey.

Author Wendy M. Wright is a well-known expert in the lives of these two saints who captures the heart and imagination by employing her vivid storytelling skills, using excerpts from their correspondence, and contextualizing elements of the mid-fifteenth to mid-sixteenth centuries for readers' greater understanding and enjoyment.

Features & Benefits:

  • introduces readers to two compelling models of holiness
  • gives a portrait of spiritual friendship and its blessings
  • readers will easily connect with various aspects of the lives of these saints
  • provides a chronology of important dates
  • connects lesser-known saints to modern issues
  • includes book club questions

Read the entire Saints by Our Side Series

About the Author:

Wendy M. Wright, PhD, is professor of theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and holds the John C. Kenefick Faculty Chair in the humanities. She is well known for her work in the areas of Catholic spirituality, especially Salesian spirituality. Wendy is also co-host of the Creighton University podcast Catholic Comments, a retreat director, and a spiritual guide. She and her husband, Roger Bergman, have three adult children and four grandchildren.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"This beautifully written, lucid, intelligent, and well-crafted book is accessible to readers new to these saints and contains insights to enrich the understanding of those familiar with them."
-Rachelle Linner, Catholic Library World, Vol. 87 No. 4

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Trim size: 5 x 7 ¼ in.
Pages: 144

Keywords: Salesian spirituality, Francis de Sales. Jane Frances de Chantal, Order of the Visitation of Holy mary, Visitandines, gentleman saint

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