Four Steps to Spiritual Freedom

Paulist Press, 2003 - 281 pages
"The most important question in the spiritual life," said Thomas Merton, "is not: 'Are you happy?' but 'Are you free?'" This book works in a fresh way with the four major themes of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola casting them as four steps to Spiritual Freedom: * Know Who You Are * Live Your Calling to the Full * Let Go of Results * Daily Rededicate Your Life to God Describing spiritual freedom as the ability to think and act without external or internal compulsions, the author makes clear through a variety of intimate stories and illustrations from his own and others lives what each step looks like when it is lived in concrete terms. For anyone on a spiritual path in the midst of daily life and work, Four Steps offers carefully delineated guideposts along the way. +

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Know Who You Are
Sightings of the True Self
Ego and the False Self
Made for Communion
Becoming Free
Live Your Calling to the Full
The Role of Desire in Decision Making
Holistic Decision Making
A Personal Story
Relinquish the Fruits
The Paschal Mystery Through Death to New Life
Daily Rededicate Your Life to God
Called and Sent
Falling Down and Getting Up Again
Keeping Your Intention Sharp
Freedom Tools

An Experience of Call
Let Go of Results
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Page 132 - Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
Page 27 - I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Page 219 - During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for .which I am prepared to die.
Page 1 - Through the tender mercy of our God : whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us ; To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death : and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Page 178 - Here I am. " Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.
Page 7 - For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father.
Page 12 - Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Page 133 - Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Page 77 - Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.

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