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Spiritual Combat Conclusion; Introducing Trustful Surrender

August 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

It occurred to me that I actually had two posts to put together for today – one to sum up the book we’re reading and one to introduce our new book. That could make for a lot to read in one day, so I made two decisions:

1. Put together one post with two parts – each one short and sweet.

2. Leave an extra week at the end of future books so we can take some time to digest our current book before moving on to the next one.

Spiritual Combat

I’ve shared many thoughts regarding this book – I was happy to see that the last portion focused on acquiring and maintaining peace in our souls. Especially since, for me, this book has been a roller coaster. Overall, I am pleased that I finished it – something I may not have done without the benefit of this book club. Not because it wasn’t a good book. But because it seriously challenged me where I needed to be challenged. And very often I cower from challenges. I’d rather set them in a corner somewhere and continue bulldozing my way through life on whatever mission I’ve chosen for the moment. And when I don’t examine myself, I am free – for the moment at least – to press on in ignorance. Ashamedly, I’ll admit, sometimes ignorance is easier; and I’ve been known to follow the easy road a time or two (Wow – talk about a big light bulb here – NOT the road I want!). Clearly I have a lot of work to do – I’m assuming I’m not the only one. I hope this book challenged you too, and that you likewise have learned to distrust yourself and to question your motives, trusting in the Lord alone.

Rather than post a single quote this week, I thought it would be fun to post several of my favorite smaller ones (from the final reading), and to ask you to post some of your own, perhaps commenting on them as well.

The following quotes are found in the TAN version:

All externals will prove ineffectual unless they be invigorated by and permeated with worthy, internal dispositions. – pg. 205 (TAN)

…the principal effort of our lives should be the quieting of our hearts, and the prudent guidance of those hearts lest they go astray. – pg. 206 (TAN)

Let us not be hurried by the endless and pointless hurry of the business world; when we are at work, let us attend to business affairs with composure and ease, refraining from rigid conformity to a harsh, exacting schedule, and too great an eagerness to see our work done. – pg. 207-208

Our principal intention, a continual awareness of God’s holy presence, and an unchanging desire to please Him, should preside over all our actions. – pg. 208

The Christian soul, as it travels this path, learns to converse with God alone and to be so strongly fortified by His presence, that it is willing to suffer anything for him and the promotion of His glory. – pg. 211

…the very cornerstone of the spiritual ediface is not dependent on our knowledge, possessions, or desires in the slightest degree. Rather should we remain in a state of perfect self-denial like Mary at the feet of Jesus, instead of busying ourselves with many things like Martha. – pg. 218

 Frequently we see many clerics who exhaust themselves in the fatiguing execution of their duties without deriving any advantages for themselves, or finding peace. For they imagine they have done nothing if they leave their task unfinished, believing perfection to consist in constant adherence to the minutest prescriptions of their own wills. Thus their lives are spent in weariness and toil as one who labors fruitlessly through the years; never do they obtain that true repose and interior peace in which the Lord truly dwells, for it is the peaceful soul that is a sanctuary of Jesus Christ. – pg. 219

These last two were big eye-openers for me as a busy mom in a household of eight! Which quotes spoke to you and why? Feel free to choose any quotes from the book.

Announcing our New Book

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure (TAN version)

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have. I’ve read this book three times and the pages are literally falling out because it’s been so well-used. For anyone who had trouble with the Trusting God portion of Spiritual Combat, this book should provide some straightforward guidance toward that end.

In case you missed the previous introduction I made announcing this book, here is the quote from the back cover:

Since it is the most perfect act of charity and the most pleasing and acceptable sacrifice that is given to man to offer to God, there can be no doubt that whoever practices entire submission to His will lays up inestimable treasures at every moment and amasses more riches in a few days than others are able to acquire in many years and with great labor.  To remain indifferent to good fortune or to adversity by accepting it all from the hand of God without questioning, not to ask for things to be done as we would like them but as God wishes, to make the intention of all our prayers that God’s will should be perfectly accomplished in ourselves and in all creatures is to find the secret of happiness and content. (pages 38-39)

(NOTE: I'll be using the TAN version of this book and all quotes will refer to this version only; however, please remember that you are welcome to use whatever version you wish – I'm sure there are several other options available.)

Schedule (TAN version):

Week 1 (Aug. 7) pg. 11-52

Week 2 (Aug. 14) pg. 53-97

Week 3 (Aug. 21) pg. 97-139

Happy Reading!

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the SpiritualDirection.com book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at pelicansbreast.com

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  • abandon56

    This is my favorite chapter of the book since maintaining peace of soul seems to me the most challenging thing at this time, and which has everything to do with the topic of our next book: trustful surrender.
    “…for it is the peaceful soul which is the sanctuary for Christ.”
    My tendency is to obsess and try to figure everything out in order to DO everything “right”. Folly, yes. But “the good God”
    keeps reminding me that He is wonderfully meek, gentle, tender, slow to anger …. He is happiest when, like St. Therese, I am a child sitting on His knee.

    • Vicki

      Beautiful! And so true.

  • Robert Kraus

    I have to say the book challenged me as well and I have enjoyed this first selection of the book club, even if I have to come to grips with the reality of spiritual combat as laid out in the text. It’s been fruitful to read and interact with everyone’s comments.

    • Vicki

      Robert – I agree. The comments were very fruitful!

    • Vicki

      I agree – the comments have been very fruitful!

  • Cecilia

    After reading “Spiritual Combat” years ago, I eventually came upon this second book that helped when my spiritual director was transferred. Others may be interested in: “Spiritual Combat Revisited,” by Fr. Jonathan Robinson of the Oratory, Ignatius Press

    • Cecilia – this is also a fantastic book and well worth reading for Scupoli fans and those who appreciate the spirituality of Blessed John Henry Newman which the author leans upon quite heavily.

  • Thank you for doing this! Have grown thru the first book and love the nx. book , one of my favorites God Bless

    • Vicki

      I can’t wait! I started it again today, and several pages fell out from overuse!

      • Becky Ward

        Now that sounds like a well-loved book! My Mom has an old cookbook that she has to put rubber bands around to keep it together. 🙂

        • LizEst

          There are some Bibles like that, too! ; )

  • LizEst

    A few of my favorites:

    “What we should do when we are wounded…have fallen into some sin…turn instantly to God, saying: ‘Behold, O Lord, what of myself I have done! And what, indeed, could be expected of me but falls?’…’Nor even here, Lord, should I have stopped, if Your goodness had not withheld me.’…’Forgive me, Lord, for Your own sake; suffer me not to depart from You, nor be separated from You, nor evermore to offend You.'”

    I also liked, “When…we cease to experience any opposition or rebellion in the inferior and sensual part, and more especially in sudden and unexpected assaults, we may look upon it as a sign that we have acquired the virtue [that we seek to acquire].” A long way to go here! Ha! But, nice to know how we can observe some progress.

    And, “By uniting patience with prayer in the voluntary immolation of self to God, you will become truly devout…true devotion consists in an eager and unswerving will to follow Christ, and to bear the cross at whatever time, or whatever say He shall decide; and …in loving god because He is worthy of our love and even in forfeiting the sweetness of God for the sake of God.” It is so important to “get” this concept and to internalize it. Not only is it useful in eliminating all kinds of frustration and thrashing about trying to do this and that in the spiritual life, but also, should the Lord put one in the dark night of the soul, it is a sure guide and rudder in that passage.

    Finally, “The great secret of belonging to God is to neglect and pass by everything else” and “God only expects patience and perseverance. For the prayers and exercises of a soul, deprived of all satisfaction in what she does, is the delight of the Almighty.”

    Thank you Vicki. This was a great, albeit meaty, foundational book to start with. The next one seems to compliment it nicely…in a more joyful way! God bless you.

    • Vicki

      Same to you – I think your comments have helped many people grow through this book. I know you’ve inspired me, and I look forward to future discussions.

      • LizEst

        You are most kind, Vicki. The glory always goes to the Lord.

    • Peg

      This seems to be where my life is right now. I’m being severely tested, but I’m doing my best to cling to God even though I’m not able to hear or feel his presence.
      I don’t have the beautiful prayers of the saints, but I am honest in my conversations with Jesus, and I hope He will give me a reprieve from the stress that’s wearing me out. This morning, I didn’t want to talk to God at all, but when I did this is how it went …
      Good morning Lord,
      I love you more than anything or anyone in this world, but I’m really struggling. You know that I’m worn out, hurt, frustrated, tired, scared, and feeling lost. Every step seems to lead off a cliff and every door has been slammed in my face. I don’t feel thankful for my trials or this heavy cross but I will thank you anyway because I know that’s what you want from me. I wish I could thank you as the saints have, but for now I hope you will see how hard it is for me to say “thank you” at all.
      I want to suffer with grace and dignity, and I’m trying even though nothing makes sense right now. Please, please, please ….provide the insight and inspiration to know where to turn, or what to do next. If I’m to continue suffering, please give me the strength, courage, grace, and will to bear all that comes my way. If I’m to move through this, please give me the wisdom to see and take the next step. Amen.
      As I said, it’s not perfect …but I hope it counts.

      • LizEst

        Peg – That sounds like a wonderful prayer. You’ve been honest. You’ve been direct. You’ve spoken to the Lord as one would speak to a good friend, and as one who knows He is Lord. There are many saints who have prayed this way. God bless you, Peg. God knows your heart…and, this is a prayer from your heart. Keep praying this way…and keep the faith!

        I think you may be inspired by a couple of videos and an article:

        http://gnli.christianpost.com/video/amazing-testimony-of-former-hindu-and-buddhist-being-led-to-christ-5426

        http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/vod/AL32v1_WS

        http://www.charismanews.com/culture/32059-miraculously-healed-muslim-lays-down-life-for-christ

        • Peg

          Liz – Thank you for the kind comments and the links. They’re wonderful testimonies.
          God gets my attention often, but he doesn’t tell me what he wants. I find that so baffling … So, I plod away and hope for the best.

          • LizEst

            Peg – When you are doing everything you believe God is asking of you and you perceive no direction from Him (through the different ways God has of speaking to hearts), it’s possible that you may be in a dark night of the soul. The dark night of the soul has a way of deepening one’s faith because, in that night, one is required to walk by faith, not by site. A person doesn’t know what God is doing or what God is asking. One thing He wants, for sure, is complete faith and trust in Him. He is preparing you for what will come next, while at the same time teaching you increased patience. His ways are not our ways, but far superior to ours; and, He has your very best interests at heart. If you don’t already have a spiritual director, I recommend you seek one to assist you with this. God bless you, Peg.

          • Peg

            I do have a SD, but …he been be pretty quiet too. He listens a lot, but hasn’t had much to say.

          • LizEst

            It’s excellent that he’s listening. One has to listen carefully and prayerfully to the movement of the Holy Spirit in someone’s life. Have you asked him some direct questions?

          • Peg

            It’s hard to tell him all the things I want to because we only meet once a month or once every six weeks. Sometimes I walk away and realize I didn’t discuss a single thing that I had planned, only to leave frustrated because it will be a full month before I get the chance to try again.

            Regarding the dark night of the soul, …I had read St. John of the Cross and one of his comments really stuck with me. He was discussing the course of spiritual growth and was describing some of the condolences we may receive along the way. My ego was starting to inflate because I was thinking, …I understand that, I’ve experienced that, etc. Then he ended the description with …If you’re experiencing these things “Congratulations!” …you’ve made it to spiritual infancy.

            I had to laugh at myself, but I was also a little disappointed.

          • LizEst

            Hi Peg – I’m smiling because your reaction is the human nature of how we react to things. How many kids, when they study about psychology, see themselves in those things, too! It is OK to be able to observe the nature of your soul. If you’ve read any of St Teresa de Avila’s “The Interior Castle” you may recall that one can go back to an earlier mansion(s) even though one has experienced certain things. Also, God sometimes gives certain consolations or gifts to the beginner He normally gives to someone more advanced or proficient in the spiritual life. It’s not His usual mode of doing things. But, He can give these things in order to spur one on, to give one something to aim for. However, it’s NOT usual for Him to continue them until the person has reached that higher degree of perfection. We must love Him for Himself alone and leave everything else in the hands of His divine majesty.

            On the subject of forgetting all the things you wanted to say to SD, i used to do the same until I started listing them on a piece of paper, starting from the last time we met. In other words, I didn’t wait for the day of, or the day before, our meeting. I just kept a running list (kind of like a grocery list or a list for the doctor) of things I wanted to address. Sometimes, the Lord would resolve certain questions before our meeting. But, at least I would have that list of things to take with me and refer to when we met. I encourage you to do the same. It will be beneficial.

          • Becky Ward

            Pardon my jumping in here, but I was thinking of you Peg when I was getting ready for Mass this morning and this article came to me.
            http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/2010/01/28/when-the-soul-lives-in-god
            I found it very helpful!
            TRUST – Dear Sister, that if it is God’s will for you to discuss something with your director, it will happen. I’ve done the same as you countless times. I have also made lists and then NOT been able to speak what was on my mind in their regard…..but God has always provided the answers…..sometimes Himself, sometimes through others, or music, or nature. Your instinct to “keep plodding away” is a good thing.

          • LizEst

            Yes, Caussade is very good. Worth reading a number of times ; )

          • Becky Ward

            We walk by faith and not by sight. Our trouble is that we want a ‘road map’ 🙂 ….I know I do….(sheepish grin)….and so far, God has not provided it. But he does give me just enough confirmation when I make a decision in prayer to let me know it was the right thing to do. If not…….I learn, and keep pressing forward. God never ever, berates us for making a mistake…rather it is recognized in a peaceful manner.
            Your desire to accept your suffering and trials like the saints did is the first step to getting there. BUT watch out…because the way we get there….is through an ocean of many sufferings and trials….giving us lots of opportunity to to act like the saints did….little steps at a time!
            I’m praying for you!

          • Peg

            Thank you for your throughts & prayers Liz and Becky.
            I suppose my situation will teach me to thoroughly consider what I ask for BEFORE I pray. A number of years ago, I prayed for patience and humility (what was I thinking?!?). I’ve tried taking that prayer back, but it seems God doesn’t believe in “mulligans.”
            Still, I’m due for a reprieve …I hope! 🙂

          • LizEst

            God doesn’t give us advance knowledge of how He is going to go about doing things because many, perhaps most of us, would back out of our good intentions! It’s OK that you’ve asked for these gifts. They are beautiful blessings. Take courage and stay the course. In God’s time, he will lift you up.

          • Peg

            Thank you for the response Becky, and I’ve probably brought a lot of this on myself. Without thinking, I prayed for patience and humility without considering how one attains those virtues …

          • Becky Ward

            Some of us jump right into the deep end! 🙂
            You can ask the Lord to give you some peace, Peg. I usually pray for the Holy Souls in purgatory because I was told that they are powerful and generous intercessors. It’s true. I have not seen a prayer more quickly and clearly answered than the first time I asked for their intercession. Give it a try. This is the prayer of St. Gertrude the Great, which she was told (by Jesus) would release 1,000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said. It was later extended to include living sinners:

            “ETERNAL FATHER, I OFFER THEE THE
            MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THY DIVINE SON, JESUS, IN UNION WITH THE MASSES SAID
            THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TODAY FOR ALL THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY,
            for sinners everywhere,
            for sinners in the universal
            Church,
            those in my own home and within my
            family. Amen.”

          • LizEst

            Ah, Becky! Someone I know has their religious ed class say this prayer each time they meet. It’s amazing the quantities they report at the end of the school year!

          • Becky Ward

            Awesome! 🙂

          • Peg

            Thank you for this prayer, Becky …I will add it to my morning devotions.

          • I have to giggle at that comment. I have learned from experience to be very leary of praying for virtues. I never know how God answers those prayers and very seldom is it the way I want it to happen. It seems to always come with adversity.

          • Peg

            @Jeanie Huff Lewis: I agree wholeheartedly!
            Right now, I’m just praying to get through the lessons I’m learning, which appear to be a direct result of my previous heady prayers.

          • LizEst

            Hi Peg – I saw your response (which once again came in as a “hidden” comment) to my post to you, which seems to have disappeared right now (it may come back, though, considering how squirrelly things have been with the system sometimes). You said, “I was typing in MS Word (oops)….[etc]” and I responded to you–but that seems to have disappeared for the moment as well. Anyway, thanks for making the effort to type directly into the text boxes. That will help a lot. Sorry to learn that the boxes tend to lag behind your typing. If you find you’ve forgotten something after you post, just get back on and add your thought on a separate post. You can also edit your post after you’ve posted it. A notation will appear afterwards that says “edit.” Click on that and go into your text to edit, add or subtract. Then, be sure to hit the “save edit” notation that appears.

            God bless you, Peg…and thanks for being open to making this change. It will help all of us ; )

          • Yes. My recent reluctant prayer was for God to grant me the desire to lose weight. I knew I needed to, but I didn’t want to. So, now I am dealing with learning a completely new way to eat in order to treat stomach reflux which causes asthma symptoms in me. Who knew! I am just very thankful it was not something like cancer, which did cross my mind when I first made the prayer. It was funny, as well, on my way home from the doctor after the diagnosis for the change in diet, when I prayed “Lord, I know this is an answer to prayer. I don’t really like it, but I know you will get me there.” :)And, I have lost 20 pounds and feel tremendously better – more energy, etc. So, He’s getting me to like it, too.
            I am now contemplating the next step… exercise. I wonder how He might motivate me for that. ? 🙂 God bless you in your own answered prayer struggles. 🙂

          • LizEst

            Peg – You just posted a response a short time ago to a comment (elsewhere in this column) I made about one of Jeannie’s favorite quotes being a good act of contrition for using in the celebration of the sacrament of penance. Although your comment showed up as “hidden” I was able to open it up. When I tried to link to it, it disappeared. Dan tells me that the usual reason for this happening is that you may be typing in MS Word and pasting that into the combox (the communication box). This is covered in the Frequently Asked Questions #4.9. here:
            http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/frequently-asked-questions

            Would you please be so kind as to type directly into the combox? Thanks. That should help a lot.

            If you are not typing in MS Word and pasting it into the combox, would you please kindly let us know so that the site manager can figure this out? Thanks so much…and God bless you.

          • Peg

            @LizEst: I was typing in MS Word (oops).
            It’s easier for me to compose my messages that way because the text boxes tend to lag behind my typing, which causes me to lose my train of thought.
            Now that I know it causes an issue, I’ll work directly with the text boxes. Thank you for letting me know of the glitch.

  • Mary Jean

    I remember buying that little book maybe 20 years ago or so. Don’t even remember what it is about– will be great to finally read it!

    • Vicki

      I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

  • Bengemo

    I have the downloadable version. Can you give me the heading or names of those chapters? For each week? It’s only 35 pages

    • LizEst

      I downloaded mine, as well. I would, likewise, appreciate that. Thank you, Vicki.

      • Bengemo

        I just bought the book on Amazon for $7 and it will arriving in 2 days at no extra. I probable use the download PDF if I’m out and about.
        Ben “the truth will set you free”

        Who are you?
        Where are you going?
        How do you get there?

    • Vicki

      For Week One, we are reading through part of Ch. III: The Practice of Conformity to the Will of God. We read up through the end of Section 2: In Public Calamities. Next week, we’ll start on Ch. III, Sec. 3: In The Cares and Difficulties of Family Life.

      • LizEst

        Got it! Thanks Vicki. God bless you!

  • murrell007

    My book “Trustful Surrender…” is the TAN version but only has 129 pgs. I just purchased. Would you mind referencing sections so I can match the reading. Thanks.

    • Becky Ward

      Sounds like you have the right one. I used the link Vicki provided to order mine and it has 129 pages too. When she said, “little book”, she really meant little!! 🙂

    • Vicki

      I’m confused. The link I looked at last night from the site showed 139 pages, which is how many I have. Regardless, I’ll share the readings via chapters as well for anyone who has a different version. If you look on the book club page, you can find the assignments for the entire book: http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/csd-book-club. Thanks!

      • Becky Ward

        I assumed the number of pages listed on the website was an error……..maybe not.
        But as you say, the description of chapters and sections within them should be all we need. I looked through mine and I can see just what you mean!

        • Vicki

          Yeah! That is a relief:-).

  • Cecilia

    Vicki, thought you might like to know: our intercessory prayer group decided to read “Trustful Surrender….” along w/your book club.

    • Awesome – So, then, you will all be praying for all the book club members too… 🙂

      • Becky Ward

        Great idea!! 🙂

      • Cecilia

        Dan, yes, of course! All whom the Lord brings to us as He brought me to your site….thank so very much

    • Vicki

      That’s wonderful! I’d love to hear what they think of the book when we’ve finished. Your prayer group will be in my prayers as you read!

  • Sanctus 3

    In reading the first third of Trustful Surrender, it struck me that taking to heart those pages that speak of God’s ordaining/permitting everything that happens to us is a good start to the process of forgiving others for current or past (perceived) wrongs.

    • I agree – the recognition of God’s permissive or active hand in all of life is a key element in the foundation for forgiveness of others. I had this same kind of breakthrough in relationship with abuse I had suffered as a child. God is good.

    • LizEst

      Excellent insight. Thank you OCDS. God bless you.

    • Wow. I had never put those two together. I haven’t started reading the book yet. I am still so in love with Spiritual Combat. I have marked the one section of Spiritual Combat that I know I need to work on the most and re-read it every day. I have also began a plan of re-reading from the beginning a short section of the book every night before I go to bed. I’m not ready to leave it completely because I know there is much more to glean from its most fruitful pages.

      • LizEst

        Ah, Jeanie, you’re doing what St. Francis de Sales is said to have done. He read from it every day! God bless you…and Happy Lord’s Day!

  • Grace

    I just realized my Tan version of Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence which I purchased on my Nook has only 61 pages.
    Did I get the wrong book?

    • LizEst

      Grace – First of all, there are different versions of the same book, depending on how you got it. I downloaded mine for printing. It is 32 pages and it’s the right one. The printed TAN Publishers version is the one Vicki is referring to as far as the number of pages goes. The key to knowing if you got the correct book is to check for the authors. Yes, there are two authors which make up the entire book. If you have these two authors, you have the whole thing: Fr. Jean Baptist-Saint Jure AND St. Claude de la Colombiere. If the Nook version has those two authors included, you’re fine. If you can’t tell, know that the book is in two parts. Part one was written by Fr. Jean Baptist-Saint Jure. Part two, which follows immediately thereafter was written by St. Claude de la Colombiere.

      Hope that helps…and God bless you.

      • LizEst

        One more thing…Vicki gave a reading schedule below which I am quoting here:

        “For Week One, we are reading through part of Ch. III: The Practice of Conformity to the Will of God. We read up through the end of Section 2: In Public Calamities. Next week [after that], we’ll start on Ch. III, Sec. 3: In The Cares and Difficulties of Family Life.”

        • Grace

          Thank you! I do have the right book and look forward to reading it.

          • LizEst

            You’re welcome, Grace. God is good.

  • Burns227

    My two favorite parts of the book so far just happen to have a Scriptural base which is a bonus:

    the cup that the Father has given me … (Cf. John 18:11) … He attributed the suffering … of His Passion not to the Jews… not to Judas … nor to Pilate … nor to the soldiers … nor to the devil … though they were the immediate
    causes of His sufferings, but to God … a loving and beloved
    Father. (Pgs.18-19) and

    Did not the Christ have to suffer … before entering into his glory? (Cf. Luke 24:26) (Pg. 26)

    So Christ suffered (like us) and He accepted it as from the Father rather than blaming someone else. If I can’t always imitate Him in virtue I can try and imitate Him in suffering.

    • LizEst

      Wonderful insights Burns. It is not by chance that your favorite parts, thus far, have a Scriptural basis. “Always be ready to give…a reason for your hope” (cf 1 Peter 3:15). God bless you.

  • MY favorite quotes from ‘Interior Peace’:
    “…you must not leave off praying until your will is conformed to the will of God and therefore has become devout and calm, and also full of courage and fortitude.”
    “You are not to do your own will, but to let God do in you what He wills. Let your will be always so freed from self as to have no desire of your own.”
    Prayer from the book: “Behold, Lord, Thy servant; let Thy will be done in me. I know and confess that the truth of Thy Word shall stand fast forever; and Thy promises are sure, and in them do I trust. Behold Thy creature; do with me what Thou wilt. I have nothing, my God, that holds me back. I am Thine alone.”
    “And although of ourselves by the exercise of our free will, we can resist this grace, we cannot even receive it without its assistance. Thus, if any man does not receive grace, it is his own fault; but if he does receive it, he can do so only through the same grace — a grace, however, that is sufficiently bestowed upon all.”
    “For if a soul is at peace, all things are done with ease, and great things are done well;…”
    And the final prayer at the end: “Lord, I have done this, being what I am, and nothing else could be expected from me, save only these and similar faults, and I would not have stopped where I did, had not Thy goodness lifted me up and continued with me. I give Thee thanks for that from which Thou hast preserved me, and I grieve over that which I have done through not corresponding with Thy grace. Pardon me. and give me grace that I may never offend Thee anymore, and may nothing ever separate me from Thee, whom I desire ever to serve and to obey.”

    • LizEst

      Thank you for these quotes, Jeanie. It occurs to me that the last one that you referenced, the prayer at the end, would make an excellent act of contrition to say during the celebration of the sacrament of penance. God bless you!

      • That’s a great idea, Liz. thanks!

      • Peg

        Liz – I was thinking the same thing regarding the final prayer mentioned here. Thanks for the post Jeanie!

  • Sanctus 3

    In keeping with Trustful Surrender’s theme of God’s Hand at work in very detail of our lives (and, through us, in others’ lives) I remember a quotation from C.S. Lewis (can’t remember the book, though!) that said something like: “God will either have us as sons [and daughters] or use us as tools.”

  • Bengemo

    Is the discussion for the book pub or is there more?

    • LizEst

      Bengemo – This post is the last discussion for the “Spiritual Combat” book by Scupoli.

      This post also announces the schedule for the next book “Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence” (we were supposed to have read the first assignment during this past week).

      The discussion for the first assignment of the new book starts August 14. If it is already August 14 in the part of the world where you are, then the discussion will start later in the day. Please look for it later on.

      I hope this helps…and God bless you.

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