- 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 (103 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Best book ever for answering those questions about how the scripture/teachings apply/interpret to our daily concerns.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Jacgues Philippe confirmed what I already know about finding interior freedom. His book is useful to me to use when I try to focus and meditate on interior freedom.Published 3 months ago by Elisabeth Moscardini
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This book was more amazing the second time I read it. So much beauty, depth, and spiritual encouragement in its pages!Published 5 months ago by D Henry