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Mar
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SPRITUAL LETTERS - FENELON Letter 3   

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March 25th, 2014

Intro: I was given a book (thanks Laura! who is one of our lead team) called Let Go which featured 40 prayers written by Fenelon back in the late 1600's.  I found the first few prayers / devotions very impactful and wanted to share them with you all.  Every couple days I will post a new one.  If you would like to read these prayers on your own click here.  Update: I will be posting two letters a week on Tuesday and Thursday.

LETTER III. The beauty of the cross.

I cannot but wonder at the virtue that lies in suffering; we are worth nothing without the cross. I tremble and am in an agony while it lasts, and all my conviction of its salutary effects vanish under the torture, but when it is over, I look back at it with admiration, and am ashamed that I bore it so ill. This experience of my folly is a deep lesson of wisdom to me.

Whatever may be the state of your sick friend, and whatever the issue of her disease, she is blessed in being so quiet under the hand of God. If she die, she dies to the Lord; if she live, she lives to Him. Either the cross or death, says St. Theresa.

Nothing is beyond the necessity of the cross but the established kingdom of God; when we bear it in love, it is his kingdom begun, with which we must remain satisfied while it is his pleasure. You have need of the cross as well as I. The faithful Giver of every good gift distributes them to each of us with his own hand, blessed be his name! Ah! how good it is to be chastened for our profit!



 
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