By Fr. Jacques Philippe
In the prayer lives of many Christians there is one person of the Trinity that often goes overlooked - The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is no less involved in our lives than the Father and the Son, yet many are unaware of this. Jesus said about the Holy Spirit, "If I go, I will send you another Comforter." But are we aware of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
In the School of the Holy Spirit, by retreat master Jacques Philippe, will lead you to be more attentive to the movements of the Holy Spirit in your life as you learn to value the third person of the Trinity as the Sanctifier of your soul. Philippe explains the rewards of being attentive to the Holy Spirit, and provides simple and concrete ways to grow in this inner sensitivity.
In his clear and simple style, he illustrates his points with many examples from modern life. The book can be a valuable aid in your own spiritual journey.
Fr. Jacques Philippe is a member of the Community of the Beatitudes, founded in France in 1983. After studying in Nazareth, Jerusalem, and Rome, he was ordained a priest in 1985. He primarily devotes himself to spiritual direction and preaching retreats internationally. His published books on spirituality are the consolidated result of such work. He is the author of Fire & Light, Interior Freedom, Time for God, and The Eight Doors of the Kingdom, among others. You can find out more about Fr. Jacques and his preaching schedule at FrJacquesPhilippe.com.
“Many have already benefited from Fr. Jacques Philippe’s writings on the spiritual life and with good reason. His books offer clear, yet profound, reflections on important themes like: how to pray better, how to experience true freedom, how to handle suffering, and how to discern God’s will. I highly recommend these books to anyone seeking sound spiritual guidance along the path of prayer.”
~ Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR
"Fr. Jacques Philippe has become one of the foremost Catholic authors of our time. His works are noted for their simplicity, depth, and clarity. Again and again, in different ways, he insists on the priority of the interior life as the indispensable ingredient for true peace and happiness. As the author of the “Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan”, I rarely add new books to the list. But Interior Freedom is one of them. It has already attained the status of a religious classic.
~ Fr. C. J. McCloskey III, Co-author of Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion, and The Crisis of Faith
"The finest masters make their art seem easy. As prayer is the highest art, Jacques Philippe is a very fine master indeed. Without being simplistic, he applies to prayer the maxim that the greatest art is to have no art. Prayer is very simple for the same reason that pride makes it so hard: we can talk with God if we seek first his kingdom.
So long as we are distracted by the petty kingdoms of this world's vain store we will trip and stumble along the road to God. In many insightful ways, Father Philippe shows that the interference in our conversation with our Creator is from us and not from him. The apostles, who had prayed daily, asked Jesus to teach them to pray because they saw in him clarity of communion which they had never before encountered. Jesus taught them the language of Heaven with a graciousness free of any condescension, even though it was brought to them from on high. As a good servant of Christ, Father Philippe does the same, and I am glad to say that the translation is so artlessly lyrical that one imagines how fine it first was in the author's French."
~ Fr. George William Rutler
"If prayer is an absolutely universal human vocation, then Pere Philippe is a splendid guide to those of us who, desiring to deepen the conversation already begun, long for nothing less than total and unending intimacy with the living God."
~ Dr. Regis Martin, Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of The Suffering of Love