St Francis De Sales is known for his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life , Finding God’s will for you and Treatise on the Love of God.
The Benedictine Abbey of Saint Michael at Farnborough was founded from the French Abbey of Solesmes in 1895. The monks live a traditional life of prayer, work and study in accordance with the ancient rule of Saint Benedict. At the heart of their life is the praise of God expressed through the solemn celebration of the sacred liturgy, and supported through their manual work, of which this card is an example.