Francis de Sales & Jane de Chantal – by Wendy M. Wright

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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 from Pauline Press.

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.

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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 from Pauline Press bu author Wendy M. Wright.

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.

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.

Features reflection questions, a chronology of important dates, and a Salesian prayer.

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  1. jkinney@desalesresource.org

    Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal by Wendy M. Wright Wendy Wright is one of the most prolific scholars and authors in the field of Salesian Spirituality. She has written numerous articles and books about Francis and Jane, exploring various elements of their friendship and accomplishments. Her new book approaches the two saints with a new and interesting perspective. She traces their lives separately and up to the point (1604) when they finally meet and 18 years of fruitful collaboration begin, resulting in the foundation of a new religious order. The story continues after Francis’ death (1622) for another 19 years until Jane’s death in 1641. We see her establishing dozens of Visitation convents and bringing reality to the vision she and Francis had formed together. With the advantage of hindsight, we are able to see their lives as God saw them---each one developing the particular strengths and talents that would prepare them for their great final work of founding the Visitation Sisters and helping each other to become a spiritual giant. The 1590s were highly significant for both saints. In 1593 Francis received holy orders and began his missionary work in the Chablais region. In 1592 Jane married Christophe, Baron de Rabutin-Chantal. Their children Celse-Benigne, Marie Aimee, Francoise and Charlotte were born. At the end of this decade, Francis was chosen as the successor to the Bishop of Geneva. Jane’s life was shattered as her husband was mortally wounded in a hunting accident. At the lowest moment in her life, God was preparing a new future for Jane when she first heard Francis preaching a Lenten series at Dijon in 1604. The book is written in Wright’s familiar concise, economic style. She says a great deal in every sentence and does not waste the reader’s time. Brevity and style are not gifts possessed by all writers, and one is grateful to encounter them in this short but powerful book. The book is part of a series called “Saints by Our Side” published by Pauline Books and Media. In her introduction the author says that writing this short double biography has given her a perspective on these “two most attractive saints” that she never had before. I believe that the reader, even those with extensive knowledge of Francis and Jane, will agree with that statement. Francis and Jane had a spirituality that at its core was “the vision of an interconnected world of divine and human hearts.” It is a vision that continues to have great relevance in our contemporary world. Roland Calvert, OSFS

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