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Searching for and Maintaining Peace – Book Recommendation

August 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Peace, Resources

Current social, economic, and political conditions are shaking the world. Those of us used to living in relative comfort are receiving the blessing of learning that we are not God and that we need God to provide even our most basic necessities. This has always and will always be true. However, when our jobs, our liberties, and our safety are threatened, and even our ability to provide the most basic things for ourselves and those we love, we wake up to the reality that without God, we are nothing and have nothing. Without God there is no real hope, no real peace, no real life. Even in the midst of this challenging reality, we can find and meet God within the refuge of a profound peace of heart and soul only found in Him. Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Philippe is by far the best I have ever read on the subject and there is no more timely or concise treatment available on the topic.

Here's the copy from the back cover…

We live in a day and age characterized by an extraordinary amount of agitation and lack of peace. This tendency manifests itself in our spiritual as well as our secular life. In our search for God and holiness, in our service to our neighbor, a kind of restlessness and anxiety take the place of the confidence and peace which ought to be ours. What must we do to overcome the moments of fear and distress which assail us all too often in our lives? How can we learn to place all our confidence in God and abandon ourselves into his loving care? This is what is taught in this simple, yet profound little treatise on peace of heart. Taking concrete examples from our everyday life, the author invites us to respond in a Gospel fashion to the upsetting situations we must all confront. Since peace of heart is a pure gift of God, it is something we should seek, pursue and ask him for without cease. This book is here to help us in that pursuit.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Guest

    This book must surely be what mankind needs during these uncertain circumstances, especially in the Western World where God appears to have been locked up in a closet as we grapple to manage our lives without recourse to Him or acknowledge that we all need Him because without Him we can do nothing. For those of us who would not be able to purchase the Book, I would beg you, Dan, that you give us more quotations from the Book from time to time in your future postings.

    Meanwhile, to-day’s Catholic Daily Meditation Post resonates very well with the spirit of this Book….”Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin. God COMMANDS you to pray, but FORBIDS you to worry”. Let us all give God His rightful position in our lives and all will be well.

  • $1650412

    One of the really great things about Fr. Phillipe’s books is that they are SHORT and pertinent. I only get little snatches of time for any kind of reading, blog book or otherwise and his books are great even in that context.

    • I completely agree – though I do constantly read huge books too… ever so slowly.

  • Small note for any Filipinos who may be looking for this book. Fr Jaques Philippe’s books are locally re-published by Sinag Tala publishing. For some strange reason, they translated the author’s name to Jack Philip. Sometimes they change the title too, so you might have to look for something with a similar title. But the content is exactly the same.

    • LizEst

      Thanks for letting everyone know. There are quite a few Filipinos who come to this site. God bless you, Mary.

  • LizEst

    I just got this book and will begin reading it today. Thanks, Dan.

  • DianeVa

    I bought this book a year or so ago but hadn’t read it. I will pull it out and add it to my list of things to read this month! I was just texting a friend who is a Mom of a 7th grader and she seemed anxious on this first day of school. This might be a good one for her to help her find the peace we all need in todays world. Thanks!
    It seems like every book mentioned on this site I already had. Those I did not, I purchased (Navigating..Hidden Mtn..Better Part) and have loved them all! Thanks for all the terrific recommendations and this website filled with wonderful resources! Such a blessing! I would love to enter your grad school in Spiritual Theology, but timing is not quite right. May God BLess all of you who make this website possible!

    • LizEst

      Diane – So, you know the first class will run from September 11th through November 6th. There has been so much demand that the same course will run again from October 22nd through December 17th. Did you know about that one?

      • DianeVa

        So tempting…thanks for the info! Not sure if my hubby would support this at this time.

        • LizEst

          It was announced that there are scholarships for those who need assistance. Don’t know if they are still available at this time. If that’s a consideration, you may want to look into that.

  • TeresaVee

    Thank you for this recommendation. I LOVE this little book. I gave it to my goddaughter when she went abroad for a ‘year of service’ after high school before entering college and she treasures it. Fr. Philippe will be presenting a retreat at Casa Maria in Alabama – http://www.sisterservants.org – on ‘Trusting in God through the Little Way of St. Therese “. I can’t wait!

  • Sad that I miss so much from these fantastic Spiritual Books which most times are beyond my comprehension. But, hey!!! God has found a way to be my Personal Tutor. While my granddaughters were on College Holidays from Canada and California, respectifully, they worked at an abandoned Infants’ Orphanage. Since I have been knitting continuously for my brand-new granddaughter, when they came visiting they begged me if I could do the same for their little “Angels”. I said of course I would glady do so. Well, their Mother spent a fortune buying Baby Wool and Patterns. I was required to knit 10 – yes 10 – sweaters in 10 Days!!! for them to take to the Orphanage before they went back to School last Week. I did my best and they were able to present a few sets, The rest, and those I shall continue to knit, we shall deliver with their Mother when I am trough. In this way, God has admitted to His Spiritual and Theological College – EWTN. I spend hours before following their Programmes as I do my knitting. I have learned so much from this Network and it adequately compensates for the RCSD Posts where I nowadays often feel lost trying to understand the highly intellectual Books and Subjects discussed on this Website. God is truly merciful

    • LizEst

      Hey Mary – Even if you are not on line every day, we love it when you do post and miss you when you don’t. You must be very good at your knitting to knit so many sweaters so quickly. God bless you! I can just picture how sweet the little babies look with their new outfits.

      ps. I just finished reading the story of St. Bakhita the other day. I knew about her before but had never read her story. What an inspiration and a very powerful saint! I hope the Book Club will read it some day.

      • Hi, Liz, I tell you, knitting the little things is such a joy. You just follow the pattern and they come out so cute!!!! Oh, did I not send you the photo of my brand-new granddaughter wearing one of my creations????? I will do so. But have no worry I still ensure I read every Post from RCSD even if I do not comment all the time.

        P.S. And God has answered our Prayers for me, Liz. I have at last got myself a Spiritual Director. A Jesuit Priest who comes often to our Divine Mercy Spiritual Centre on our bi-Monthly Prayer Days.

        • LizEst

          Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! What wonderful news of a Spiritual Director. May the God bless you both.

          …and, I look forward to seeing your new granddaughter in one of your creations!

          • I lost your E-mail Address, so I have sent little Robyn’s Photo with my knitting creation to Becky. You will also see her chubby Mummy – my last-born daughter.

            P.S. I know the life and times of St. Bakhita and the Seminary we built for the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in 2001 is dedicated to her. Last week, I watched EWTN Documentary on her life and Sainthood.

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