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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Preface to the Series by Philip Sheldrake
Francis de Sales
Jane de Chantal and the
Diffusion of the Salesian
Margaret Mary
The NineteenthCentury Salesian
English Language Bibliography

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