St. Francis de Sales and St. Paul of the Cross

St. Paul of the Cross was influenced by the spirituality and writings of St. Francis de Sales.  The Letters of St. Paul of the Cross reveal some fifty five quotations from St. Francis de Sales.  

In his still widely read “Introduction to the Devout Life” St. Francis de Sales leads all those who desire to become holy along a path which has, for almost four centuries, proven to be a sure one. Central to holiness is an interior conversion to Jesus. Symbolically we are to write the name of Jesus upon our hearts.

St. Francis de Sales writes “whoever has Jesus Christ in their heart will soon have him in all their outward ways” (IDL Part III Chapter 23). We are to “live Jesus” and make the pattern of his life our own.

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