Fenelon was Archbishop of Cambrai in the 1600’s and was spiritual advisor in the Court of Louis the Fourteenth. This was a terribly immortal time and Fenelon’s spiritual guidance was an anchor to those who turned to him for direction. “Let Go” is a small book containing his letters. I imagine I will do more than one blog entry of quotes from this spiritual giant.
“When you receive your cross unwillingly, you will find it to be doubly severe. The resistance within is harder to bear than the cross itself!”
“God loves a cheerful giver…what must be his love for those who, in cheerful and absolute abandonment, give themselves completely to be crucified with Christ.”
“The death of self must be voluntary, and it can only be accomplished as far as you allow.”
“Peace and comfort can be found nowhere except in simple obedience.”
“Evil circumstances are changed into good when they are received with an enduring trust in the love of God, while good circumstances may be changed into evil when we become attached to them through love of self.”
“Oh how we deceive ourselves when we suppose that we are growing in grace because our vain curiosity is being gratified by the enlightenment of our intellect!”
“You asked me for a remedy, that your problems might be sured. You do not need to be cured, you need to be slain…this is the only way to deal with self…the point is not how you are to be sustained and kept alive, but you you are to give up and die.”