I‘m still excited that my patron saint for 2011, chosen by the trusty Saint’s Name Generator, is St. Francis de Sales. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, he was born in France in 1567 and ended up becoming a well-known spiritual director, whose teachings became known as the Way of Divine Love. His writings are still popular today because he was so gifted at offering practical advice to normal people living ordinary lives. His thoughts on how to achieve holiness right where you are resonate just as much today as they did 400 years ago.
I count his Introduction to the Devout Life as one of the most life-changing books I’ve ever read. It’s one of those books that I wish I could convince everyone to read. Combining that with the fact that he is my patron for 2011, I thought it might be fun to do a series of posts highlighting some of my favorite excerpts from the Introduction throughout the year.
Whether you’re well-versed in the Way of Divine Love or said “Francis de what?” when you read the title of this post, I promise you’ll learn something new from this great spiritual teacher. My first post is coming up soon, so look out for it!