The Spiritual Directory of St. Francis de Sales serves at the rule of religious life for the Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales. It was compiled by St. Jane Frances de Chantal and is comprised of many of the advisements Francis would give to those he served as Spiritual Director.
The practice of The Spiritual Directory is the cornerstone of Oblate life. Fr. Brisson tells us that, “It is [our] own particular hallmark. Without the Directory there can be no Oblate.” The Directory is our particular means of sanctification:
Let no one imagine that the Directory does not contain much doctrine. Many great things do not appear very impressive. In fact, they may seem rather insignificant. The Directory is a small book. Yet within it lies all of Christianity. Within it are all the marvels of Christianity, all that has changed and saved the world. It is among the greatest and most extraordinary of God’s works.