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Not every Catholic shouted glad hosannas when Francis de Sales was canonized in 1665, forty-three years after his death.The path leading to God that he described was "too easy,"some grumbled. One commentator wrote derisively that he had turned the way to holiness into "a pleasant road" that didn't require enough sacrifice or hard work.
Of course, the majority opinion about Francis was overwhelmingly positive . Still , the criticism underscores the fact that most seventeenth-century...
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