Salesian Spirituality

Windsock Visitation by Michael O'Neil McGrath, OSFS

Windsock Visitation painting by Michael O'Neil McGrath, OSFS

As a Christian humanist, St. Francis de Sales believed that all life could lead to God. Salesian Spirituality calls every person to the holiness of “being who you are and being that well,” whatever your walk of life. Encountering daily circumstances with an open heart and a listening ear holds a particular devotion to the will of God lived along the path of the “little virtues.” The virtues of humility, gentleness, simplicity, patience, optimism, interiority and respect presented in the realities of daily living are the Salesian way of living the Gospel with great liberty of spirit and deep joy. It is a way of hope assuring us that God loves us and wants to be with us. Fr. Joseph F. Powers, OSFS, writes: “In many ways Salesian Spirituality is one of Jesus coming to our homes—to where we live, work, play and pray.”

St. Jane de Chantal

St. Jane de Chantal

St Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales

The year 2010 marks the 400th anniversary year of the Visitation Order.


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