Friday, May 28, 2010

Faith Facts Friday


I am feeling very humbled in having achieved so much this week for myself, my family and for others. It is because of a sense of freedom that I was able to sacrifice time and effort for others and still be peaceful and contented at the end of the day. God supplies the means by which we operate -- GRACE. It is impossible without His assistance to do things with the proper interior disposition.

With that in mind, I am going to offer some excerpts from the book by Jacques Philippe called Interior Freedom. It is well worth the read and will bring clarity to what it means to have inner peace and outer action that operate in harmony for the will of God.

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The exercise of freedom as a choice among options, plainly is important. However, to avoid making painful mistakes we also need to understand that there is another way of exercising our freedom: less immediately exciting, pooerer, humbler, but much more common, and one immensely fruitful, both humanly and spiritually. It is consenting to what we did not originally choose. (pg. 28)

2.

To achieve true interior freedom, we must train ourselves to accept, peacefully and willingly, plenty of things that seem to contradict our freedom. This means consenting to our personal limitations, our weaknesses, our powerlessness, this or that situation that life imposes on us, and so on. (pg. 28-9)


3.

What often blocks the action of God's grace in our lives is less our sins or failigs, than it is our failure to accept our own weakness -- all those rejections, conscious or not of what we really are or of our real situation. (pg. 33)


What recommendations do you have for achieving interior freedom? -- spiritual reading suggestions or prayers that help you to focus and grow -- let us know! Leave a comment!

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