I have addressed my advice to an imaginary “Philothea,” adapting what was written for a particular person to apply to the common needs of a wider number. I have chosen a name appropriate for all who seek after a holy life, since “Philothea” means “a lover of God” and the soul which seeks the love of God begins to be in love.

FRANCIS DE SALES: THE COMPLETE INTRODUCTION TO THE DEVOUT LIFE, PG. 5, PARACLETE PRESS, BREWSTER, MASSACHUSETTS 2013