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Elisabeth Leseur: Selected Writings - The Classics of Western Spirituality

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Elisabeth Leseur: Selected Writings

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Elisabeth Leseur
Edited by Janet K. Ruffing

This volume, the first in the highly praised Classics of Western Spirituality series to venture into the 20th century, introduces the writings of Elisabeth Leseur (1800-1914), a French laywoman who left a precious record of a remarkable inner spiritual journey that was all but hidden from those who knew her. Leseur confronted the twin challenges of serious illness and her husband's agnosticism, which pained her, but didn't prevent her from being happily married. Inspired by a spirituality of the communion of saints, Leseur approached these issues by becoming a loving presence in her familial and social circles. She participated in all of the major theological developments that led to Vatican II as well, but she has been a missing figure in the history of spirituality until now.

This first and only edition of Elisabeth Leseur’s works brings together insights from the entire corpus of a key lay figure in the history of Christian spirituality. The works included are: Journal and Daily Thoughts, Writings on Christian Vocation, Letters to Unbelievers (Selected), Letters on Suffering (selected).

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This item received 5 stars overall. Very highly recommended: A spiritual writer for the modern world

Elisabeth Leseur is an excellent spiritual companion for our present age. While it may seem at times that the aggressive secularism of the postmodern world is a new phenomenon, Leseur's experiences as the wife of an atheist and the friend to many intellectuals from various backgrounds are deeply relevant for us today. Her deep love for her husband and abiding affection for her circle of friends, despite their religious differences, are inspiring and hopeful. Leseur's writings came to light after her husband's conversion, an event spurred by his discovery of her journals. This thorough compilation of her work is richly rewarding and rightly considered a "classic of western spirituality."

It is inspiring to read the writing of a married woman who, although she enjoyed regular spiritual direction, was without the external structure of living in a religious co Full Review...

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