Sunday, April 15, 2007

Francois Fenelon

During some of my late night bore-me-to-tears hours I've been getting in a bit of reading. I finished John Grisham's first non-fiction piece titled "The Innocent Man"- great book. A must read for anyone interested in the legal spectrum.

Recently I started working through some material from Francois Fenelon, a French archbishop from the 17th century. Thankful his work has been translated. It is extremely profound.

A favorite quote on prayer:

“Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one's heart, it's pleasures, and it's pains, to a dear friend.

Tell him your troubles, that he may comfort you; tell him your joys, that he may sober them; tell him your longings, that he may purify them; tell him your dislikes, that he may help you conquer them; talk to him of your temptations, that he may shield you from them; show him the wounds of your heart, that he may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability. Tell him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.

If you thus pour out your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. You will never exhaust the subject. It is continually being renewed. People who have no secrets from each other never want for subject of conversation. They do not weigh their words, for there is nothing to be held back, neither do they seek for something to say. They talk out of the abundance of their heart, without consideration they say just what they think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God.”

I'm looking forward to digging deeper into his writing. And as I do I'm sure there will be more quotes to share :)


Rick said...

Like the Fenelon passage. We've got something of that in a little book I've put in the bathroom - best reading time I get sometimes - and it always works through me. In the bathroom. Wow, that sounds worse than I intended.

Kristen said...

lol Glad you liked the quote. He's a very wise writer!