New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1957. First edition. Twelvemo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, gentle wear at the corners and spine ends of the dust jacket. A handsome copy. Item #528
"THE MEASURE OF LOVE IS TO LOVE WITHOUT MEASURE" First edition of this charming introduction to Saint Francis de Sales and the modern legacy of his spirituality. Francis de Sales was one of the central figures to emerge from the Catholic Reformation. His stature rests on the enduring appeal of his Introduction to the Devout Life (1609), a collection of letters of practical instruction and spiritual guidance. "This manual of devotion was quickly translated into many languages and it remains one of the classics of Christian spirituality." (Robert Ellsberg, All Saints). Devotion is defined as "no other thing than a true love of God" and Francis stresses that there is no single path to holiness. "In the same way the married person, the soldier, the courtier, the lawyer may exercise a genuine religious vocation in a diversity of ways, but all aim at true devotion." (Magill, Masterpieces of Christian Literature).
Edited by George T. Eggleston, with his brief Preface, who “attempted to organize extracts from the letters of Francis de Sales so that the busy layman can put the saint’s instructions and exercises to daily use.” Francis's keen understanding of human psychology but the interfaith appeal has spread beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church: “Anyone who reads the Introduction to the Devout Life will have no difficulty in understanding its great and continuing influence. It provides the foundation for one of the recognized systems of spiritual direction in the Roman Church. In all Christian bodies, thousands have found, and still find, that this book of religious counsel is sane, wise, deeply perceptive, and unfailingly helpful.” (Magill, Masterpieces of Christian Literature, 428). An excellent introduction to the ageless wisdom of the great Saint. Approbations.