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From Very Rev. Father Etienne, Superior-General of the


I have charged with the examination of your work two
Fathers who have been Professors of History for many years
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Etienne, Superior- General.

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claimed literal translations. Indeed, we cannot see any noble
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most truly heroic men of modern times. His burning zeal
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most cruel persecution, until his blood was shed under the
glorious banner of the Cross.—- Catholic Herald.

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Founder of the Congregation of Discalced Clerks, of the
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Very Rev. Dominic Tarletini, Provincial of the Passionists
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To those who have read the "Devout Life," it will be only
necessary to say of the style of this treatise, that its beauties
are those with which they are already familiar ; but there is


a depth of thought and of feeling here beyond what we find
in any other writings of St. Francis. The translation is very
creditable. We hope this work will meet with the circulation
which it well merits, and of which the present excellent edition
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This handsome volume is a valuable addition to the ascetic
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will take the place of the light superficial, sentimental devo-
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Its constant study and meditation will render our piety solid
and robust as well as tender. St. Francis was in some sort
the apostle of Calvinists, and his are the best works extant
for Catholics who live in a Calvinistic country like ours. —
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By St. Francis of Sales. To which is added a Sketch
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for it a wide circulation. The author enjoyed for years the
familiar and intimate friendship of St. Francis de Sales, and
during this time treasured up many of his sayings and doings
which he has given to the world in this volume. Though St.
Francis is well known for his works, it is his "spirit" that
makes his name immortal. In this book, written by his friend,
he teaches by example, and instills into the mind and heart
some of his own gentle earnestness. It is peculiarly adapted
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Translated from the French by Mrs. Anna H. Dorset.

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books. It will bear comparison with the highest standards
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