- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: Scepter Publishers (January 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594170525
- ISBN-13: 978-1594170522
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Interior Freedom Paperback – January 1, 2007
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More About the Author
Jacques Philippe was born into a Christian family on March 12, 1947 in Lorraine, France. After studying mathematics in college, he spent several years teaching and doing scientific research. In 1976, he met the then recently-founded Community of the Beatitudes and answered the Lord's call to follow Him through this vocation (see below for more information on the Community of the Beatitudes). He then spent several years in Jerusalem and Nazareth immersing himself in the study of Hebrew and the Jewish roots of Christianity. In 1981, he traveled to Rome to study theology and canon law and also began his work as a spiritual director, working in the formation of priests and seminarians of the Community. In 1994, he returned to France, where he assumed various responsibilities including spiritual direction, the development of training in the Community, and participation in its General Council. He has also preached retreats regularly in France and abroad and has consolidated his principal retreat themes into five books on spirituality. In recent years, he has devoted himself primarily to spiritual direction, preaching retreats, and working for the development of the Community in Asia and Oceania, where he travels frequently.
Communaute des Beatitudes is an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right founded in France in 1973. The Community of the Beatitudes gathers faithful from all states of life (married or unmarried lay people, seminarians, priests, permanent deacons, men and women consecrated in celibacy) who wish to conform as closely as possible to the model of the early Christian community through the common life, the sharing of goods, voluntary poverty and an intense sacramental and liturgical life. The members of the Community, which has a contemplative vocation based on Carmelite spirituality, are actively engaged in the service of the poor and the proclamation of the Gospel.
Top Customer Reviews
Fr. Philippe's main message is that freedom, true freedom, comes from God as the source. And that interior peace sought by so many people in so many ways, yet it only truly comes from learning to be content in where God has us. Yet by learning to trust in God despite external circumstances and situations beyond our control, we can find that oft-sought-after peace. He will show you how to appreciate what you can control, which is your response to what life brings your way.
This book seeks to teach us to live from a heart and mind that has been liberated and set free. But it is not the freedom that most seek. It outlines that freedom as being free to do whatever we want, but true freedom is choosing to live for others, living with our responsibilities.
Fr. Jacques draws from many sources to illustrate his points: Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum, Georges Bernanos, Henri J.M. Nouwen, Catherine de Hueck Doherty and many saints from both the eastern and western traditions as well as the Jewish wisdom tradition. He draws most extensively from Hillesum's journals An Interrupted Life which is the story of her life during the year leading up to occupation and leaving for the concentration camps, and her work among the Jewish children at the holding camp.Read more ›
Father Jacques Philippe makes it clear, "More often than not, we feel that our freedom is limited by our circumstances: the restrictions imposed on us by society, the obligations of all kinds that other people lay upon us, this or that physical or health limitation, and so on. To find our freedom, we imagine we have to get rid of those restrictions and limitations. When we feel stifled or trapped in some way by circumstances, we resent the institutions or the people that seem to be their cause. How many grievances we have toward everything in life that doesn't go as we wish, and so prevents us from being as free as we would desire!"
This is one type of freedom we may desire, but he explains that there is another type--another way of exercising freedom. Although it might be less exciting, poorer and humbler, he claims it is more intensely fruitful, both humanly and spiritually. It consists in "consenting to what we did not originally choose."
To achieve true interior freedom, he insists, means that "we must train ourselves to accept, peacefully and willingly, plenty of things that seem to contradict our freedom." This is not a matter of accepting things grudgingly, but truly consenting. The best example I think he gives us of this is the Sacrifice of the Cross.Read more ›
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Interior Freedom, it is a great book to dipping into our faith and knowledge to prayer with more confidence and greater trust in God. Read morePublished 2 days ago by what is this
The writing is effortless to follow, the points he makes don't run long and the amount of facts/ support is just enough without being on every page. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Lindsay Biehler
Important insights into the inner life. Our relationship as God leads us to eternal communion. If we only saw how freely love is offered us daily.Published 1 month ago by Lawrence Martin
This is in the top 5 of spiritual development books I've read. Coherent and accessible. Pointed. A soothing balm for the soul. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Linscome
Top 10 reads. Highly recommend this book as one that you can return to every so often and find a new depth of unique insights!Published 1 month ago by Suzanne Downey
My wife who is deaf, loves to read and she wanted this for her birthday.Published 2 months ago by Kent