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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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This spiritual classic has long been beloved by Catholics for its wondrous distillation of the teaching of St. Th r se of Lisieux into a reader-friendly set of meditations. It's perfect as a personal retreat when you have only a few moments to spare each day and for spiritual reading anytime and anywhere.
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
Top customer reviews
I really can't recommend this enough. Fr. d'Elbee has certainly taken the teachings of St. Therese and really given us a thorough understanding of them and practical ways to put them into practice. A masterpiece!
For too long I had relegated St. Therese as an overly sentimental young girl; childish. This despite her status as Doctor of the Church.
This books - by the grace of the Holy Spirit, of course - taught me so see differently.
In his "conferences" (chapters) Elbee makes St. Therese of Lisieux accessible to all of us; even those of us with excessively hard hearts who tend to be too deaf and daft to hear. I read the book slowly, meditating on it. It was a pre-Lenten read for me and so was perfect as an introduction for me to read the great saint in her own words, The Story of a Soul.
On a side note, this particular version has decent margin space which is great for those who like writing notes in their books.