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I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Paperback – July 1, 2001
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Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, Spiritual Passages
A Theresian classic that profoundly and beautifully reveals God s deep personal love for each of us and correspondingly awakens in us a burning love for Him. If you want to grow in love of God, this book is a must.
Fr. George W. Rutler, author, A Crisis of Saints
With felicity and wisdom, this retreat introduces St. Thérèse free of sentimentalism and obscurantism.
Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., Homiletic and Pastoral Review
Whoever reads this book attentively and prayerfully will grow in the love of God and even desire to be a saint.
Fr. Kilian Healy, O.Carm., Awakening Your Soul to the Presence of God
Devotees of St. Thérèse will be delighted with this book, but there is something in it for all who seek holiness, the perfection of love.
Thomas Howard, Splendor in the Ordinary
Fr. d Elbée s retreat, based on St. Thérèse s little way, draws us into the immensity of that little way. Sophia Institute Press has done us all a great service in bringing this work back into print.
Most Rev. Fabian Bruskewitz, Bishop of Lincoln
May this personal retreat based on the teachings of the little nun of Lisieux be for those who use it an occasion of grace not only to enlighten their minds, but to elevate their souls to approach the sublime destiny that the little way shows to all.
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Fr. Jean C. J. d Elb e, a French priest deeply imbued with St. Th r se's spirit, brings you St. Th r se's teachings on God's love and the confidence in Him that it should inspire in your soul; humility, peace, and fraternal charity; the apostolate; the Cross; and what it means truly to abandon yourself to Divine Providence. I Believe in Love has helped countless souls embark on the way to the Father. It will help you focus on Him throughout each day, rest in Him amid your troubles, and live joyfully with Him at every moment!
-How you can (and must) have confidence in God, not in spite of your sufferings, but because of them!
-The secret that makes sense of the pain and trouble in your life no matter how great
-One thing you must cherish in your soul, or you'll never learn to love as Jesus loves
-God's love for you personally: are you really aware of its reality in every moment of your life?
-How you can see it at work
-The spiritual goldmine that is at your fingertips now if you know where to find it
-What you must do before you speak about the Faith, or your words will be useless
-Crosses: why you can't avoid them and why you should love the ones God sends you
-How to deal with failures, reversals, and difficult moments of all kinds without losing your spiritual or emotional equilibrium
-The Fall of Adam and Eve: how even it shows God's abiding love for every soul
-The sin that destroys countless souls since few know how to recognize and fight it
-Do you wish you had the love of God that the saints have but are discouraged by your weaknesses? Why you should take heart
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Top Customer Reviews
Therese of Lisieux's approach to spirituality is accessible to any one in any walk of life. She describes souls as similar to different types of flowers. Some are roses, others lilies, and some like orchids, for example. And all can be equally pleasing to God in their own way, when seeking his role for them. People have different talents and different struggles, but these characteristics do not mean that any type is more valued than the other.
The chapters are divided according to topics that address needs of everyone; regardless of what type of flower they are. The topics are drawn from examples of Therese's life and writings, but the author also includes many biblical quotes and some writings of other Christians, such as Teresa of Avila, that support the advice given.
It is fitting that the first chapter describes love, as Therese sated that is the Church is one body, then she want to be its heart, that loves every one, because God is love. The chapter instructs how to demonstrate love to God and others through all actions of our lives, regardless of our station or ability. The chapter "Fraternal Charity" speaks in greater details about relations with others and how to fulfill our duties towards them
The chapter "Unshakeable Confidence" outlines advice for people who experience spiritual dryness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is phenomenal! It is one of the best spiritual direction guides I have ever read. I have read it many times, and find something new that speaks to my heart every time. Read morePublished 16 days ago by saintwannabe
Very Very good. Recommend. Its about seeking after God like he is a good Father, and understanding that God knows we have weaknesses but He still loves us like we love our flawed... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jennifer Reffner
The kind of book you can only read a paragraph at a time, and then have to put it down to think...Published 1 month ago by Andrew L. Gallo
Read only a little at a time, and let it sink in. Feel the love. Accept the love and mercy. Let it transform you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by laura hoffpauir
this is a marvelous guide to the heart of Saint Therese of Lisieux. candid and helpful.Published 6 months ago by Shannon
St. Therese is a Doctor of the Church, and Father Jean d'Elbee shows us why: expanding on the wisdom of Therese, this retreat-style book is spiritually enriching, challenging, and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ryan Welch
The best book ever explaining the teachings of St. Therese. This was a gift for a friend and she loves it also!Published 9 months ago by Karenann Y.
I enjoy learning about St.Teresa, little flower. I have it but have not read it yet.Published 9 months ago by Seier