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  1. Steven R. McEvoy Steven R. McEvoy says:

    Currently there are five books in the Living Fruitfully series on the fruit of the spirit from the Catholic Truth Society and this is the last I have read I might have left it to last because I might need it most I have been praying for a few years to learn to live joy This is an excellent read in a wonderful series The description of this book is Joy comes to us from the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives This title in the Living Fruitfully series reflects on the theological foundations for this understanding of the Holy Spirit as the answer to our thirst for joy and looks at the life in the Spirit which makes Christian joy possible By drawing on examples of several saints like St Bonaventure St Margaret Mary Alacoue and St Paul the author then helps us to consider three ways in which we can experience such joy through remaining close to Jesus in prayer; through speaking of Jesus to others; and through following Jesus according to our personal vocationsI hold a Religious Studies degree with a specialization in Roman Catholic Thought I could have used this booklet as a resource during my university career I would have drawn from it for several essays The chapters in this volume areThe 'Knock On' EffectLife in the SpiritCloseness to JesusSpeaking of Jesus to OthersListening to JesusConclusion Appendix 1 Examen Appendix 2 PrayerMonsignor Grogan statesIf we are to be joyful it stands to reason that we have to know what we are being joyful about Our faith tells us that God has saved humanity through the death and Resurrection of his Son It also tells us that God is with us now in his holy Church In other words faith helps us to see both God's actions in the past and God's actions in the present Through the virtue of faith we know that our joy is well founded We grow in this virtue through our sharing in the life of the Church which is the herald and the guardian of our faith Through participating in the sacraments our faith comes alive Through our fellowship with other Christians our faith becomes strongerAnd the saints that we journey with in this volume areSt Bernard of ClairvauxSt Ralph SherwinSt BonaventureSt Margaret Mary AlacoueBlessed John Henry NewmanSt Philip NeriSt Philip at St GirolamoBlessed Pier Giorgio FrassatiSt Thérèse of LisieuxSt Rafael Arnáiz BarónSt Teresa Benedicta of the CrossThere are some incredible examples of living joy in this book A few of the saints examined I am familiar with a few were new to me But the examples are so varied that I am sure you will find one or two that you feel an affinity for and learn from those specific examples The conclusion of the book starts with these wordsMany of our contemporaries perceive deep down that we were created for happiness Yet they disconsolately imagine that real lasting permanent joy is something that will forever elude them It is not surprising therefore that a good number of our fellow citizens reject the Christian faith almost out of hand They do not want to get their hopes up for fear of being disappointedThe Christian faith does not offer something that will solve all our problems It takes human suffering very seriously At the same time it refuses to allow that suffering to snuff out the joy which is an essential part of discipleship As Pope Francis writes with proper apostolic boldness in The Joy of the Gospel I understand the grief of people who have to endure great suffering yet slowly but surely we all have to let the joy of faith slowly revive as a uiet yet firm trustThis book can easily be read in a single sitting But I have a feeling that at least for me it will be a book revisited again and again It is a book that any Christian would benefit from reading It is a book based upon the truth The Examen and Selection of prayers at the end of the book are great resources And there are a few prayers throughout the text Monsignor Grogan's writing style is very engaging As soon as I finished this book i picked up one of his books on Mercy to add to my reading pile I am very impressed with this book and with the 5 in the series I can only hope CTS chooses to continue the series An excellent resource from CTS that I give my highest recommendation A great series and excellent bookRead the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other books by from the Catholic Truth Society Note This book is part of a series of reviews 2018 Catholic Reading Plan


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Living Fruitfully [Epub] ❥ Living Fruitfully By Paul Grogan – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk “Joy is not merely a positive emotion which can be displaced by negative ones but a settled attribute in the soul”Joy comes to us from the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives This title in th “Joy is not merely a positive emotion which can be displaced by negative ones but a settled attribute in the soul”Joy comes to us from the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives This title in the Living Fruitfully series reflects on the theological foundations for this understanding of the Holy Spirit as the answer to our thirst for joy and looks at the life in the Spirit which makes Christian joy possible By drawing on examples of several saints like St Bonaventure St Margaret Mary Alacoue and St Paul the author then helps us to consider three ways in which we can experience such joy through remaining close to Jesus in prayer; through speaking of Jesus to others; and through following Jesus according to our personal vocations.