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Books by Francis de Sales


Francis de Sales was a 16th-century priest. His Introduction to the Devout Life, which has remained in print continuously for almost four centuries, teaches his central insight: that the devout life does not require withdrawal from the world. Francis served the church during the Reformation, in Calvinist areas of France, when celebrating mass was punishable by death.

The Catholic Controversyis a collection of leaflets Francis wrote and inserted into copies of his sermons, posted on walls, slipped them under doors and handed them out. in an attempts to re-evangelize Calvinist Protestants who would not listen to Catholic preaching for fear of reprisals. Through his efforts, in four years almost 72,000 had returned to the Catholic Faith. Even today his are some of the most cogent arguments against Protestantism and a masterly defense of the Catholic Faith.