A couple of months ago, Ecce Fiat started talking about this book she was reading, and she had some quotes that made me want to run out and buy the book. So I did. And I love it! I'm only about halfway through, but I have to take my time with it and soak it up. It's called Interior Freedom and it's by Jacques Philippe. I would give you a chunk of what I've highlighted, but they'd come after me for copyright violations, since I've highlighted so much of it. Did I mention that I love this book?
He starts out by explaining that true freedom doesn't mean that we get to choose the options that suit us the best from a range of possibilities. For the Christian, true freedom, instead, lies "in the possibility of believing, hoping, and loving in all circumstances, thanks to the the assistance of the Holy Spirit who 'helps us in our weakness.'" He goes on to explain that we don't really choose our cross, but we can choose to consent to it.
One point that I especially loved was his discussion of how trustingly accepting the reality of whatever situation we are in can go through stages of rebellion, resignation, and consent. I have been in all of those. When I hit resignation, I thought it was the best I could possibly manage. I love this quote:
Resignation may represent a certain degree of progress beyond rebellion, in the sense that it leads to a less aggressive and more realistic approach. But it is not enough. It may be a virtue for philosophers, but it is not a Christian virtue, since it doesn't include hope. Resignation is a declaration of powerlessness that goes no further. It may be a necessary stage, but if one stops there it is also sterile.I love that call to hope. Whatever the circumstances, there is hope. "Where grace is accepted, it is never in vain, but is always fruitful."
I feel like I'm doing a horrible job of explaining this book, but it's a nice, short easy read. And you should read it. I'm going to help you. I will give away one copy of the book, either print or Kin.dle edition, to one commenter. Just leave a comment and you are entered to win it. Simple enough. I'm not sure how long this will go. Maybe until Friday-ish? I make no promises, though I think I can safely say that it will not end any sooner than that.
P.S. It's a perfect book to take to Adoration!