Elisabeth, although very well-to-do, did not live boisterously. Let him see the fruit but not the sap … only on those lines, I think, must I hope for the conversion and sanctity of my dear companion of my life, my beloved Felix. She loved the goodness of her friends, and prayed for their spiritual and physical well-being, yet over and over thanked God for them, as they are. She trusted. Here are some of her thoughts:.
March 10, I believe it is my duty in waiting the divine hour to preach Jesus Christ only through my prayers, my sufferings, and my example. I thirst for light, to know, to see, to possess, as we shall see and possess in eternity. I thirst for life, the only Life, full and eternal.
O my God, I thirst for Thee! Let it enlighten and transform our lives, our suffering, and even our death, and let it uphold in us, through the disappointment and sadness of each day, an inner strength and unalterable serenity. After reading the above book, I read a somewhat similar one next God seems to arrange these things in an order so I can fully appreciate the depths of the matter. They vowed to not have children, and to not let careers come between them. And they made many other vows and goals, like sailing around the world on their own Grey Goose which they did.
And Christianity? Maybe I ought to have another look at it. Some day. Just to be well, intellectually honest. And Davy was amused and a bit mocking, when I told her about it. We laughed together. Lewis, and exchanged many letters, on their love, on God, and the logical and sensible choice to believe, with Sheldon in particular coming to believe that it really was a choice, to believe or not in God.
And, in part to let nothing tear down their Shining Barrier uniting them against the world, he chose to believe, as his beloved Davy had come to do. And that belief supported him strongly, as Davy sickened and died. I believe the first pages of this book are a great example of how people alien to religion can logically come to choose Christianity, and believe it true. And, as with Elisabeth, I saw how God can work, slowly and deliberately, with little help from us, if we just trust and, like St.
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Paul, most zealous Apostle, Martyr for the love of Christ, Give us a deep faith, a steadfast hope, A burning love for our Lord; So that we can proclaim with you, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. I shall be patient, not anxious.
I will do what must be done, and ask for His guidance, even as I have since that pilgrimage to Medjugorje in From now on, You plan. You show me what to do and where to go.
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I promise. Whether in the midst of a long phase of our life, our vocation, or on the cusp of a change, talking to him, keeping Him focused on me and me on Him, will ensure we walk together. What more could we ask of life?
In her secret diary, she recorded how she used his efforts to destroy her faith as means to grow in love for him and for God. Throughout their life together, it grieved Elisabeth to think that Felix might be separated from her for all eternity because of his rejection of God. For her, life in Heaven wouldn't be happy without him.
The Mystery of Christian Marriage: Felix & Elisabeth Leseur
Yet when she died prematurely, Felix was still an unbeliever. The story doesn't end there. When Felix found this diary, he discovered how Elisabeth's whole life bore witness to the truth of the God she loved. In time, Felix was transformed by the diary and his memories of Elisabeth. He became a Christian and, later, a priest.
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Now she may even be declared a saint. Elisabeth's diary and spiritual writings all included in this one volume map out for you a path to marital harmony and greater love for God especially if you love someone who stands outside the Faith. Let Elisabeth's two great loves, and her faith and perseverance, inspire you now. Her writing really helped me to see the value in suffering.