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.

8 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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

    Daily Grace, isn't that beautiful!

    God bless,

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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

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