The DVD about the life of Saint Francis de Sales is out!

It was a somewhat unusual parish project: to make a film and a show about the life and spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales. Mission accomplished !
The parishioners of Thorens-Glières and surroundings recount the life of the patron saint of their parish and the diocese.

In 2017, the parish celebrated the 450th anniversary of the birth of the Saint. With gatherings, times of reflection, pilgrimages. And making a movie! An exceptional project that has mobilized more than one hundred people. “We wanted to live something strong, between all generations,” says Catherine Dunand, a member of the Pastoral Animation Team.
After a year of work, the film was presented last October, in Thorens-Glières, interspersed with a show. Seven hundred spectators attended and was a great success. “We had good feedback, including connoisseurs of St. Francis de Sales, it touched us,” says Anne-Catherine Dunand.

“All for love”: a film, a show, a book!

On the DVD, which comes out these days: the film, the filmed show, bonuses. And even an English version! “The idea is to be able to send this product abroad, in the Salesian Missions, for example”. As for Haute-Savoie, this is a tool that will be useful to catechism and chaplaincy groups. So that Saint Francis de Sales does not appear “dusty, but like a man who still has so much to say to us” underlines Anne-Catherine. A souvenir book with the photos of the film and the text of the voiceover has also been published.

Preview (French edition)

To get the DVD (19 €) or the book (15 €):

Monastère d’Annecy : 11 avenue de la Visitation  74000 Annecy France
Tel : 04 50 45 20 30 – Fax : 04 50 52 83 95  OR
– Order via the parish




A Visitation Nun and Rev. Martin Luther King

Here is an obscure reality that we’d like to share with you:

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. responded to a letter from a Visitation Sister back in 1963!

Sr. Clare Therese Brandon VHM who went back to God  in January 2011, was a remarkable religious. During the Civil Rights movement, being a cloistered nun, she could not support that cause by participating in any marches. But she expressed her support, apparently, by a letter (which we don’t have access to), which was answered by the Rev. King himself, which we do.

This touching incident was later written up in a public newspaper in Wheeling West Virginia.

Enjoy these excerpts as we celebrate Monday’s  holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.!

Divine Providence

He gives each of us what we need for salvation


This week we are moving into the section from Saint Francis’ Treatise on the Love of God, about God’s love for us. Be sure to watch the video “Divine Providence and God’s Love for Us” to help deepen your reflection and give you a new way to embrace his timeless wisdom. (If you’d prefer to read St. Francis’ original text, this week’s video covers Chapters 1–8 of Book II, starting with “That the Divine Perfections Are Only a Single But Infinite Perfection.”)
We have a natural desire to love God above all things

In God, there is a simple and pure unity

In God there is neither variety, nor any difference whatever of perfections. He is himself one most sole, most simple and most indivisible, unique perfection: for all that is in him is but himself, and all the excellences which we say are in him in so great diversity are really there in a most simple and pure unity. And as the sun has none of the colours which we ascribe unto it, but one sole most clear light surpassing all colour, and giving colour to all colours, – so in God there is not one of those perfections which we imagine, but an only most pure excellence, which is above all perfection and gives perfection to all that is perfect. …

… God does not therefore employ a simple sufficiency of remedies to convert the obstinate, but uses to this end the riches of his goodness. The Apostle, as you see, opposes the riches of God’s goodness against the treasures of the impenitent heart’s malice, and says that the malicious heart is so rich in iniquity that he despises even the riches of the mildness by which God leads him to repentance; and mark that the obstinate man not only contemns the riches of God’s goodness, but also the riches which lead to penance, riches whereof one can scarcely be ignorant.

Questions for reflection:

  1. What is the difference, as described in the video, between our own multiple actions, and the “unitary act of God”? Explain the comparison made in St. Francis’ analogy of the painter, on the one hand, and on the printmaker.
  2. The speaker in the video quotes St. Francis in saying that Divine Providence is that act “by which God wills to furnish men and angels with the means necessary or useful for attaining their end.” How is that different from the speaker’s point about “supernatural providence”?
  3. Our end is union with God. Consider St. Francis’ view, also that of Duns Scotus, that even if there were not a Fall, there would have been an incarnation. Why, do you think, that would have occurred?
  4. Francis holds that some people receive more graces than others. But all of us receive abundant graces to achieve salvation. How are we then to find our own way in building up the kingdom?

Once again, Francis’ original text, which covers Chapters 1–8 of Book II, is at “That the Divine Perfections Are Only a Single But Infinite Perfection.”