it’s really very simple

“Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be,
and becoming that person.”

St. Therese of Lisieux


(detail from the Sistine Chapel, God reaching to give life to Adam / Michaelangelo / 1508-1512)

“However great our efforts, we cannot change ourselves.
Only God can get to the bottom of our defects, and our limitations in the field of love;
only he has sufficient mastery over our hearts for that.
If we realize that we will save ourselves a great deal of discouragement and fruitless struggle.
We do not have to become saints by our own power;
we have to learn how to let God make us into saints.
That does not mean, of course, that we don’t have to make any effort . . .
We should fight, not to attain holiness as a result of our own efforts,
but to let God act in us without our putting up any resistance against him;
we should fight to open ourselves as fully as possible to his grace,
which sanctifies us.”

Fr. Jacques Philippe, p. 14-5
In the School of the Holy Spirit

4 comments on “it’s really very simple

  1. oneta hayes says:

    Blessed are those who thirst after righteous – they will cooperate with the Spirit to attain holiness. Don’t spend a lifetime with a devil made me do it attitude.

  2. Citizen Tom says:

    Of course if were as simple as all that Jesus would not have died on that cross.

    The wheel looks like a simple idea, but the Indians Still did not have have wheels when Europeans arrived in America.

    Why do some people accept the grace of God and others never seem to do so? God knows.
    We have a part to play. We live and spread the Gospel. He does the rest.

  3. Dawn Marie says:

    I love Fr. Jacques ❤️

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