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LETTERS TO ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
Mostly on Prayer

Author: John Francis Fink

Surveys indicate that people realize the need for prayer today in a way that has surprised many. Most people, it seems, pray every day and the number appears to be growing. One of the signs of that tendency is the proliferation of perpetual adoration chapels throughout the world. A large number are seeking ways in which to deepen their life of prayer and are turning to the classics such as the Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. The people for whom St. Francis wrote his popular treatise on prayer in the seventeenth century, however, could never have imagined how difficult prayer can be for those of us who are caught up in the hectic lifestyle of our twenty-first century world. Still, his insights into the life of prayer have much to offer the men and women of today. John Fink highlights those areas of his teachings which have been especially helpful to him as a lay person in his life of prayer. In twenty brief chapters, he covers everything from the Nature of Prayer to Finding Balance in Life. Topics include Conversation with God, Discursive Meditation, Contemplation, Liturgical Prayer, Prayers of Petition, Other Forms of Prayer, the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, the Rosary and Other Marian Prayers, Prayers to the Saints, the Psalms, Scripture, Discerning God's Will, and Difficulties in Prayer. The conversational tone of the book invites the reader to put into immediate practice the remarkable insights into prayer to be found in its pages.

About the Author: John F. Fink has spent more than fifty years in the Catholic Press, including thirty years at Our Sunday Visitor, where he was president and publisher for eleven years, and twelve years as editor-in-chief of The Criterion, the newspaper of the archdiocese of Indianapolis. As editor emeritus of The Criterion since 1997, he continues to write a weekly column and editorials. He also writes a regular column and reviews books for the secular newspaper The Indianapolis Star. The author of Married Saints (Alba House, 1999), The Doctors of the Church, 2 vols. (Alba House, 2000) and American Saints (Alba House, 2001), he has served as president of the Catholic Press Association and of the International Federation of Catholic Press Associations. In 1981 he was given the Saint Francis de Sales Award by the Catholic Press Association for his outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism. He and his wife have seven children and ten grandchildren.

Book: 164 pages
ISBN 978-0-8189-0922-1
Prod. Code: 0922-6

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