It’s Fenelon Friday!
LETTER 39: God Speaks More Effectually in the Soul Than to It
Nothing gives me more satisfaction to see you living so simply and peacefully. Simplicity brings back the joys of Paradise. Not that we have pure pleasure without a moment’s suffering, but when we are surrendered to God, we are not grasping for pleasure, and even our troubles are received with thanksgiving. This inner harmony, and this deliverance from fear and the tormenting desires of self, create a satisfaction in the soul which is above all the intoxicating joys of this world put together. So be content to live, then, in the earthly paradise which God has prepared for you, and be careful not to leave it to satisfy the vain desire of knowing good and evil.
Do not give in to self pity when God permits you to be alone. We are never less alone than when we are in the company of a single friend. And God is that friend. We are never less deserted than when we are carried in His everlasting arms. Nothing is more touching than to know that God hurries to help us. And when God sends help through one of His servants, the value of that help is not affected in any way by the servant, no matter how foul and spiritually barren that servant may be. The help comes from God, and it is good. Now if God were to put a veritable fountain of His grace in your heart, there would be no need of any channels to bring His grace to you. And this is exactly what God has done. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2). The Son of God, living within the soul is that fountain of grace. Shall we then feel any regret that the feeble voice of the old prophets has ceased? What useless regret! How pure and powerful is the voice of God when He speaks within the soul! And He always does this whenever other channels of grace are cut off.