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Select Works of St. Francis de Sales (3 vols.)

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St. Francis de Sales’ reputation as a charitable teacher and defender of Catholic doctrine shines through in this three-volume collection. A nobleman turned priest and bishop, de Sales ministered in the face of intense opposition, overcoming the vitriol of his detractors with gentleness and kindness. That practical and engaging spirit is on full display in Practical Piety, a series of discourses on personal devotion culled from his sermons and correspondence. The Catholic Controversy documents de Sale’s defense of Catholicism in the midst of Protestant resistance. Rounding out this introduction is Mary Elizabeth Herbert’s The Mission of St. Francis of Sales in the Chablais, a sympathetic recounting of St. Francis’ challenging period of mission to convert Protestants in modern day France and Switzerland. The Select Works of St. Francis de Sales is a strong introduction to the life and thought of an important Catholic writer and apologist.

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If you’re interested in the early years of the Catholic/Protestant debate, try The Lives and Letters of the Counter-Reformation (8 vols.).

Key Features

  • Introduces readers to the thought and ministry of St. Francis de Sales
  • Provides practical instruction on personal piety and spiritual disciplines
  • Presents a classic statement and defense of Roman Catholic teaching

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Practical Piety

  • Author: Francis de Sales
  • Publisher: Burns and Lambert
  • Publication Date: 1851
  • Pages: 370

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In Practical Piety, St. Francis de Sales applies his winsome and practical words of wisdom to matters of everyday personal devotion. This collection of essays culled from de Sale’s correspondence and lectures discusses duties toward God, neighbors, and oneself; the exercise of spiritual disciplines; and observance of feasts. Readers seeking a classic work on Catholic piety will find Practical Piety both accessible and helpful.

Francis de Sales (1567–1622) was a bishop of Geneva, missionary, and mystic. He is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, and won the Chablais region of modern day France and Switzerland back to Catholicism. Famous for his kindness, charity, and patient interaction with theological opponents, numerous churches and universities are named in his honor.

The Catholic Controversy

  • Author: Francis de Sales
  • Publisher: Burns and Lambert
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 444

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Written in the face of opposition to his preaching, The Catholic Controversy is St. Francis de Sales’ statement and defense of Catholic doctrine against Calvinism. Boiling the Catholic/Protestant controversy down to the issue of Church authority, de Sales focuses his argument on the exclusive authority of the Catholic Church as the sole, true Christianity. Arguing for a Catholic view of canon and Scripture, the role of Church Tradition in biblical interpretation, and the legitimacy of the papacy, this timeless treatise is a classic and definitive apologetic for Catholic doctrine.

Francis de Sales (1567–1622) was a bishop of Geneva, missionary, and mystic. He is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, and won the Chablais region of modern day France and Switzerland back to Catholicism. Famous for his kindness, charity, and patient interaction with theological opponents, numerous churches and universities are named in his honor.

The Mission of St. Francis of Sales in the Chablais

  • Author: Mary Elizabeth Herbert
  • Publisher: Burns and Oates
  • Publication Date: 1868
  • Pages: 217

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When St. Francis de Sales was a young, newly ordained priest, he was sent to the Calvinist stronghold of Geneva for a monumental missionary endeavor: convert a hostile, Protestant territory back to Catholicism. In spite of extreme opposition, the mission was declared a success when an envoy of the Pope declared the region free of Calvinist rule. This dramatic turnaround came only as the result of years of patient, creative, and loving interaction by de Sales with his opponents. Mary Elizabeth Herbert’s reverent telling of de Sale’s story stays true to the historical account while lifting it up as a model for those facing opposition to Catholic belief.

Mary Elizabeth Herbert (1822–1911) was an English baroness known for her passionate support of Catholic charities. She was a prolific writer and translator, especially of historical works including biographies of St. Monica, St. John Baptist de Rossi and Garcia Moreno.

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