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Post a Comment. Pages Home Why Reading Glutton? One of my friends, whose spiritual life I respect, told me that Francois Fenelon's The Seeking Heart changed his life. I had never heard of Fenelon, but with an endorsement like that I figured I should check it out.
Fenelon was a French Catholic archbishop. The Seeking Heart reads like a collection of excerpts from his correspondence. The short selections, some as short as a couple of paragraphs, none longer than two pages, admonish the reader to trust God, endure suffering, and pray earnestly.
Although no context for the selections is given in the Seed Sowers Library of Classics edition, one can often easily discern hints of the back stories of these letters. Here are some typical examples of the first lines: "I am truly sorry about all your troubles.
Nothing of the lessons is lost by the omission of personal details. The Seeking Heart is bits and pieces, without a continuous narrative or development. Each short selection can be read independently. However, Fenelon returns to several themes throughout. He would have little patience for a soft, entitled Christianity, such as is so common today in the United States. Some of these quotes give a taste of Fenelon's style and attitude:.
He will teach you better than all the books in the world could. Be patient with people--wait for God to work with them as he wills. You were made to love God and be loved by Him. In His mercy He fills you with dissatisfaction for everything so that you will turn to Him alone. You can see God in all things, but never so clearly as when you suffer.
Prayer is not made great by a lot of words, for God knows your inmost feelings before you say them. As you can see, Fenelon's call to faith is a call to share in the suffering of Jesus, not to enjoy the riches of the world.
Satisfaction in God and fellowship with Jesus in his suffering are marks of a Christian life. I wouldn't call The Seeking Heart life-changing on my first reading of it. But this is a book meant to be read slowly and repeatedly, which, I imagine, is how my friend approached it. I am glad he introduced me to Fenelon. Posted by Paul Mastin at PM. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home.
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The Seeking Heart by Fenelon (Trade Paper)
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The Seeking Heart
To place an order by phone, call us toll-free at BOOK When your own thoughts are set aside, you will be completely in the middle of the straight and narrow path. You will experience the freedom and peace that is meant for you as a child of God. I try to follow the same advice that I give others. I know that I must seek peace in the same way. Often, when you suffer, it is the life of your self-nature that causes you pain.
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