I Believe in Love



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By Fr. Jean C.J. d'Elbee.

"That they may believe in My love," was the reason given by Our Savior to Saint Margaret Mary for the intimate revelations concerning His Most Sacred Heart. Two centuries later God raised up Saint Therese of the Child Jesus that she might share with the world the love of a Child's heart, conceived invisibly in eternity, and made visible in time of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In her unpretentious Carmelite cloister she wished to be known as "the Little Flower," the least significant of all, yet she was, at the same time, under obedience to write down the secret of her sanctity — a sanctity that was the fruit of total evangelical simplicity of heart. A French retreat master, Father Jean C.J. d'Elbee, was so profoundly affected by her "little doctrine" that he made it the heart and soul of his own spiritual conferences, ten of which are included in this book. There is no pious sentimentality in these magnificent sermons. Saint Therese, who referred to "dryness" as her "daily bread" and to herself as "the happiest creature on earth," would have no part of that. Nor would she tolerate any lack of confidence, in anyone, in God's merciful love."Sanctity is a disposition of the heart," wrote Carmel's flower, "which makes us humble and small in the arms of God . . . and confident to the point of audacity in the goodness of our Father." This book is for all those who desire genuine magnanimity of soul.

Soft cover, 280 pages

You'll learn:

  • How you can (and must) have confidence in God, not in spite of your sufferings, but because of them!


  •  The secret that makes sense of the pain and trouble in your life — no matter how great


  •  One thing you must cherish in your soul, or you’ll never learn to love as Jesus loves


  •  God’s love for you personally: are you really aware of its reality in every moment of your life? How you can see it at work


  •  The spiritual goldmine that is at your fingertips now — if you know where to find it


  •  What you must do before you speak about the Faith, or your words will be useless


  •  Crosses: why you can’t avoid them — and why you should love the ones God sends you


  •  How to deal with failures, reversals, and difficult moments of all kinds — without losing your spiritual or emotional equilibrium


  •  The Fall of Adam and Eve: how even it shows God’s abiding love for every soul


  •  The sin that destroys countless souls — since few know how to recognize and fight it


  •  Do you wish you had the love of God that the saints have — but are discouraged by your weaknesses? Why you should take heart


  •  Are you drawing on all the treasures of the Eucharist and the saints? How you can be sure


  •  The comforting reason why our Lord at times chooses not to deliver you from trials


  •  Much more that will show you how to live in the glorious love of God at each moment!


“A Theresian classic that profoundly and beautifully reveals God’s deep personal love for each of us and correspondingly awakens in us a burning love for Him. If you want to grow in love of God, this book is a must.”
Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
Spiritual Passages

“With felicity and wisdom, this retreat introduces St. Thérèse free of sentimentalism and obscurantism.”
Fr. George W. Rutler
A Crisis of Saints

“Whoever reads this book attentively and prayerfully will grow in the love of God and even desire to be a saint.”
Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.
Homiletic and Pastoral Review

“Devotees of St. Thérèse will be delighted with this book, but there is something in it for all who seek holiness, the perfection of love.”
Fr. Kilian Healy, O.Carm.
Awakening Your Soul to the Presence of God

“Fr. d’Elbée’s retreat, based on St. Thérèse’s ‘little way,’ draws us into the immensity of that ‘little way.’ Sophia Institute Press has done us all a great service in bringing this work back into print.”
Thomas Howard
Splendor in the Ordinary
“May this ‘personal retreat’ based on the teachings of the little nun of Lisieux be for those who use it an occasion of grace not only to enlighten their minds, but to elevate their souls to approach the sublime destiny that the ‘little way’ shows to all.”
Most Rev. Fabian Bruskewitz
Bishop of Lincoln

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