Paris, Francois (1)

Paris, Francois (1), a French ascetic author, was born at Chantillon in the neighborhood of Paris, about the middle of the 17th century. He died in 1718 at an- advanced age. He was a servant in the house of Varet, grand-vicar of Sens, where, evincing great talents, he was educated for holy orders by his master, and was presented to the living of St. Lambert, near the monastery of Port-Royal-des-Champs. From this he removed — driven away, it is said, by fear of the wolves which infested the neighborhood — and became sub-vicar at Saint Ettienne-du-Mont. He finally settled in Paris, where he died, Oct. 17, 1718. He published several works, among others, De Usage des sacrements de penitence et d'eucharistie (Paris, 1673, 1674, 12mo), in which he is said to have been assisted by his friends Arnauld and Nicole: — Les Psaumes en forme de prieres (ibid. 1690, 12mo); this work has reached more than ten editions: — Explication des commandements de Dieu (ibid. 1693, 2 vol's. 12mo): — Martyrologe, ou idee de la vie des saints (ibid. 1694, 12mo): — L'Evangile explique (ibid. 1693-1698, 4 vols. 8vo): — a good translation of the Imitation (ibid. 1706, 1728, 12mo). See Moreri, Grand Dict. Hist.

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