Interior Freedom: Experiencing The Freedom Of The Children of God
It's not always possible to control external events. There are so many things that are outside our control: the past, what others think of us, chronic or unexpected health issues, other peoples' actions, not to mention our governments', the weather, traffic, crime, unforeseen events, natural disasters, illness and disease. This list goes on and on.
However, it is possible to gain more control over our interior life.
In his book Interior Freedom, Fr. Jacques Phillipe shows us that each of us possesses inside of us a space of freedom that no-one can take away. Despite the most unfavorable outward circumstances, we can claim our freedom because God is its source and its guarantee. Without this, we will always be in search for something else to fulfill us, and we will never understand true happiness.
Fr. Philippe lays out a simple but important theme: "We gain possession of our interior freedom in proportion to our growth in faith, hope, and love." He explains that the dynamism between these three theological virtues is the heart of our spiritual life, and he underscores the key role of the virtue of hope in our spiritual growth.
Written in a simple and inviting style, Interior Freedom seeks to liberate the heart and mind from stress and fear to live the true freedom to which God calls each of us.
Paperback. 134 pages.
Translator: Helena Scott
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jacques Philippe was born March 12, 1947 in Lorraine, France. After studying mathematics in college, he spent several years teaching and doing scientific research. In 1976, he encountered the then-recently-founded Community of the Beatitudes and answered the Lord’s call to follow Him through this vocation. He subsequently spent several years in Nazareth and Jerusalem immersing himself in the study of Hebrew and the Jewish roots of Christianity.
In 1981, he traveled to Rome to study theology and canon law, was ordained a priest in 1985, and began his work as a spiritual director, working in the formation of priests and seminarians of the Community. In 1994, he returned to France, where he assumed various responsibilities including the development of training in the Community, and participation in its General Council. He has preached retreats regularly in France and abroad, and has consolidated his principal retreat themes into several books on spirituality. In recent years, he has devoted himself primarily to spiritual direction and preaching retreats.