Friday, July 22, 2011

The Purpose of Human Existence

Picture source Sophia Institute Press. The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur can be ordered from them.

I am currently reading a book I have looked forward to reading for a very long time. This secret diary of Elisabeth Leseur is indeed a spiritual treasure. The following is an excerpt:

"To do each day, humbly, and so that God alone may see it, all the good that one can do; always to seek out all the misery and grief within reach in order to relieve them; to cultivate in oneself a lively sympathy for everyone; and to do all this for God alone - that is the goal of all human existence."

page 10 of the diary.


  1. Esther,
    I read this book some years ago but still return to it to read snippets I highlighted. It is a treasure trove of insight. Thanks for sharing about this hopefully soon to be saint.
    God bless.

  2. Esther,

    The excerpt from Elisabeth Leseur is beautiful!To live each day humbly so that only that God may see.....something to strive for.

    Thank you.

  3. Karinann, I wish I had read it earlier.

    Daily Grace, isn't that beautiful!

    God bless,

  4. Esther,
    I loved this book, too. I found it at my local library of all places and I was touched by her humility and gentleness. The book truly is a treasure.

  5. Esther,
    I have come across references to Elisabeth Leseur's diary on so many blogs recently. It's almost like God is saying, "I want you to read this book." So I borrowed a copy from my sister and I am reading! I'm half-way through. And yes, Elisabeth's words give us a lot to meditate upon. Thank you for this post!

  6. "always to seek out all the misery and grief within reach in order to relieve them..."

    I wish I had access to this book when a teenager. That particular quote is a habit I wish I had formed when young. It's something I'm still working on.

  7. Mary, Sue and Barbara, what struck me was the fact that she never tried to convert her husband with words as well as her concern for others. Sue, I want to give this book to my sisters. I think they will really benefit from it as will anyone.

  8. I read this book. Loved it. Love the quote you posted here. Thanks!