Heart Speaks to Heart: The Salesian Tradition

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Orbis Books, 2004 - Religion - 216 pages
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"Love, for Francis de Sales, and for the spiritual tradition he founded, is the beginning, end and means of the entire Christian life." One of the warmest and most sympathetic strands in the tapestry of Christian spirituality, the Salesian tradition is a treasure many Christians have yet to discover. Heart Speaks to Heart beautifully introduces this unique spirituality in its historical length and global breadth. Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, its charismatic seventeenth-century founders, envisioned a transformed world of conjoined human and divine hearts. They taught that through the practice of the little virtues, spiritual friendship, prayer and service to one another, the hearts of each "Theotimus" or "Philothia" (God-lovers) can be transformed and the gentle heart of Jesus live anew. A diffuse but readily recognizable spiritual sensibility, the Salesian vision influenced remarkable numbers of Christians, lay and religious alike, over the course of four centuries. As Wendy M. Wright shows, this is a tradition of great spiritual vitality with a particular relevance and power to inspire Christians today. Book jacket.

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Textbook for a course I am currently enrolled in, but I love Dr. Wright's writing style. She is very engaging and has a passion for the Salesian Tradition and it comes through in this book. Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Series by Philip Sheldrake
9
Francis de Sales
22
Jane de Chantal and the
44
Diffusion of the Salesian
67
Margaret Mary
94
The NineteenthCentury Salesian
110
English Language Bibliography
207
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About the author (2004)

Wendy M. Wright, PhD, is a professor of theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, holding the John C. Kenefick Faculty Chair in the Humanities.

She teaches graduate studies in ministry in Creighton's Christian Spirituality master's program and the Academy for Spiritual Formation. Her work has focused on the Salesian spiritual tradition founded by Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal.

Dr. Wright concentrates on the areas of history of spirituality, family spirituality, spiritual direction, and women and spirituality.

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