Francis De Sales & Jane De Chantal (Saints By Our Side) - Wendy M. Wright
by Wendy M. Wright
The story of the extraordinary spiritual friendship between Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal
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.