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Confidence in God Can Change Everyday Life – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Why should we have confidence in God? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles explore the unmatched confidence that St. Thérèse has for her Beloved and how this confidence in God can change everyday life.Confidence in God Can Change Everyday Life

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Thérèse has absolute confidence in Jesus and offers her life to Him in loving, trustful surrender.
  • How can we come to understand that God is arranging the events of our life of exile, especially when the events are painful?
  • When we choose to see the events of our lives through faith, Jesus is with us, standing beside us through the difficulties.
  • Why should our confidence in God mirror that of a child in the womb?
  • God's love for us is exponentially greater than that of a mother's love for her child.
  • Our Beloved has set a path for us that we must follow to find Him. We know that God has given us all that we need to reach Him.
  • In order to come to the confidence that Thérèse has in God, we must never make major decisions out of fear.
  • We must frequent the sacraments.
  • We must make time each day for conversation with God.

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  • Barbara Moeller

    I wanted to read the text of the letter as you were discussing it, so I looked it up in my Logos version of The Story of a Soul. Mysteriously, the October 20, 1893 letter to Celine is different. In fact, the passages referenced aren’t among the letters in this edition (as far as I can tell at this point.) I will make an inquiry with Logos, but they are using an open domain version, translated by T.N. Taylor. I don’t understand how there can be two different letters with the same date where one isn’t included in Story.

    • LizEst

      Hi Barbara — The book that Dan and Dr. Lilles have published and are discussing here is not “Story of a Soul”, which did not initially contain her letters. A few, but not all, of her letters, and portions of them, were appended to some versions of it in later years. In fact, different copies of “Story” only contain a few of her letters, if any. St. Thérèse wrote many letters and that is what makes up the book. If a letter is different than what you find in “Story”, it is probably because of a difference in translation and/or editing of the letters, which is a judgment call made by experienced editors. The essence, and the thrust of the theology contained therein, have remained true to her intent.

      • Barbara Moeller

        This is helpful. I wonder, though, about the editing, because I would have expected an indication of those parts that had been cut (there appear to be elsewhere.) In any case, there is an October 20, 1893 letter to Celine, but there is no overlap of text. In fact, my version comports very well with Dr Lilles’ introduction, that St. Therese is responding to Celine as the artist who is torn about giving up her art to go to Carmel. This version has a beautiful meditation about St. Cecilia offering herself in ways other than her music to accomplish God’s will for her.

        • LizEst

          Hi again Barbara — What is published in the “Living the Mystery of Merciful Love” book is the first part of that letter. What you are referencing is the second part of that letter. So, both publications are correct, both have published only a portion of the same letter. Here is how they are connected:

          “…they are not the Sun itself….I am not telling my dear Céline what I would like to tell her, I am explaining myself so poorly….Perhaps she will understand without any explanations, Jesus is so skilled at delivering the message of His poor Thérèse!…
          [There is a Canticle of Canticles passage which perfectly suits you] …”

          So, that’s the answer: First part of the letter in Dan and Dr. Lilles’ book. Second part of the letter (with reference to St. Cecilia) in the TN Taylor book. The complete letter can be found here: Letters of St. Therese of LIsieux, Volume II: General Correspondence 1890-1897

  • Jeanette

    May I add that God’s confidence in us is based on a confidence in the Grace He gives us.

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