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Letters of Direction: Thoughts on the Spiritual Life from the Letters of…
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0819218774, Paperback)The great nineteenth-century French teachers of the spiritual life grasped two truths with unassailable clarity. Finding spiritual direction in this life, they discovered, depends on accepting the limitations of human nature and requires trusting God to bring wholeness to the circumstances of everyday life. A century later, these two bits of wisdom are no less valuable to those seeking spiritual direction.
Following the practice of his compatriot and contemporary, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the Abbé Henry de Tourville shared his spiritual wealth through writing to those who sought his advice. In Letters of Direction the reader is privy to the lively, sometimes humorous, correspondence exchanged between the Abbé and two of his penitents. These letters provide a glimpse into all too familiar spiritual trials and human struggles, and illuminate the path to finding God despite mortal frailty.
"De Tourville was vividly aware of man's twofold nature; the life of grace co-existing with the life of nature, but never suppressing it. Hence his dislike of a rigorous perfectionism,...his advice to learn to laugh at our own interior hurly-burly, to show towards our own weakness something of that gentleness and tolerance which God shows towards those imperfect creatures who are the peculiar objects of His love. We are to take ourselves as we are; and offer ourselves as we are to the purposes of God." -Evelyn Underhill, from the Introduction
The Abbé de Tourville was born in Paris is 1842, and died at the Castle of Tourville in 1903.
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