Introduction to the Devout Life by Francis de Sales

Monday, August 9, 2021 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.
        --Francis de Sales

Our series on Divine Friendships continues Monday, August 9 with Introduction to the Devout Life, written by Francis de Sales in 1609. Francis was the Catholic bishop of Geneva, but his cathedral was actually located in Annecy in modern France, due to the religious opposition in Geneva at the time. His Introduction was based on a compilation of letters and notes on spiritual direction aimed primarily at Christians living in the world, rather than those in religious life. DeSales’ approach emphasizes everyday holiness consisting in practicing little virtues with patience, gentleness and love.

Alan Dillingham will facilitate the first part of this session by selecting a few key passages from the Introduction for the group to review, with commentary and background information on Francis de Sales and the text. The second part will be a period of reflective conversation by group participants.

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About the leader(s)

Alan Dillingham

Alan Dillingham received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and has been an avid reader of Christian contemplatives for over forty years.  A former professor at Villanova University, he has also written for a US Senator, Congressmen and their personal and committee staff, non-profit organizations, technology startups, entrepreneurs and financial advisory firms. He currently makes his living helping people with their spiritual memoirs. You can follow him at