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The Complete Fenelon (Paraclete Giants) [Paperback]

By Robert J. Edmonson (Editor), Hal M. Helms (Editor) & Robert J. Edmonson (Translator)
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The most engaging collection of the French mystics' writings now available Twenty-first century Christians are now discovering the wisdom of this controversial theologian and spiritual thinker. Fenelon showed how it was possible to have devotion and faith in the original Age of Reason. In many respects, rationality still rules today in religion and culture, and as a result, Fenelon speaks to modern Christians wanting deeper faith and a meaningful inner life. His writings have never been as accessible as they are now in these lively new translations. The Complete Fenelon includes more than one hundred of Fenelon's letters of spiritual counsel, as well as meditations on eighty-five other topics. Also translated here into English for the first time are Fenelon's personal reflections on twenty-one seasons and holidays of the Christian year. An introduction from bestselling translator Robert J. Edmonson and in-depth recommended reading and bibliography make this the first place to start in any study of Francois Fenelon. Franois Fenelon was a seventeenth-century French archbishop who rose to a position of influence in the court of Louis XIV. Amid the splendor and decadence of Versailles, Fenelon became a wise mentor to many members of the king's court. Later exiled for political reasons, he set out to improve the lot of peasants of his diocese. His letters of counsel and spiritual meditations have found a wide audience for more than three centuries.

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"The most engaging collection of the French mystics' writings now available"
Twenty-first century Christians are now discovering the wisdom of this controversial theologian and spiritual thinker. Fenelon showed how it was possible to have devotion and faith in the original Age of Reason. In many respects, rationality still rules today in religion and culture, and as a result, Fenelon speaks to modern Christians wanting deeper faith and a meaningful inner life.
His writings have never been as accessible as they are now in these lively new translations. The Complete Fenelon includes more than one hundred of Fenelon's letters of spiritual counsel, as well as meditations on eighty-five other topics. Also translated here into English for the first time are Fenelon's personal reflections on twenty-one seasons and holidays of the Christian year. An introduction from bestselling translator Robert J. Edmonson and in-depth recommended reading and bibliography make this the first place to start in any study of Francois Fenelon.
Francois Fenelon was a seventeenth-century French archbishop who rose to a position of influence in the court of Louis XIV. Amid the splendor and decadence of Versailles, Fenelon became a wise mentor to many members of the king's court. Later exiled for political reasons, he set out to improve the lot of peasants of his diocese. His letters of counsel and spiritual meditations have found a wide audience for more than three centuries.

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Studio: Paraclete Press
Pages   312
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.12" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   0.96 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2008
Publisher   Paraclete Press (MA)
Series  Paraclete Giants  
ISBN  1557256071  
ISBN13  9781557256072  


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Catholic 17th Century MYSTIC THEOLOGY...for all seekers  Sep 15, 2009
A priest recommended this writer to me, whom I was completely unfamiliar with. Fenelon's backround (covered in the introduction) is as interesting as his spiritual thinking. He originally from impoverished minor French nobility, from around the mid-late 1600s, when the nobility was starting to fall apart. He entered the priesthood, and eventually became an Archbishop, hobnobbing with the King at Versailles. However, Fenelon met this Mde. Guyon, who expounded a doctrine of "QUIETISM" (inner contemplation), along with a total abandonment to God. She was arrested and declaired ANTITHEMA by the church. Fenelon could have ignored this, and kept his wealth, statis, power...but instead followed his heart, and wrote a defense of Mde. Guyon before her execution. Fenelon lost THIS WORLD, but he gained THE SPIRITUAL WORLD. The Pope in 1699 condemned some of Fenelon's writings (At the insistence of the King of France, and other enemies at Court.) So FENELON was exiled, however, he kept up written correspondance with his spiritual children. These letters addressing various spiritual problems people face, make up the bulk of this title.

His work has been collected for a long time, under titles like THE ROYAL WAY OF THE CROSS, or MEDITATIONS ON THE HEART. For those of us with SPECIFIC spiritual problems, the book functions like a wise old saint ready to answer your every dilemna in life with compassion, and spiritual clarity. Naturally given his education, and time at the court as Archbishop, Fenelon has a beautiful, elegant, succinct writing style. He knew his letters were directed to others with just as much education, and erudite tastes, yet who still strived for spiritual awareness. But dont think that FENELON rolled over for these courtiers, and told them what THEY wanted to hear. Even tho we dont know what his spiritual children were asking him, the letters each have titles, listed in full in the CONTENTS for each "book". This makes the edition very easy to use, as a resource for those struggling with their spirituality, but may not have a spiritual director, or may be in a large church who's priest may not have the time to devote to everyone's spiritual problems. Or, you may just be taking the path on your own, it doesnt matter. Fenelon wrote exclusively for christians, which in his world meant Catholics. Since much of this was written during the heights of the THIRTY YEARS WAR in Europe, and the Counter reformation, Fenelon DOES come out with the occasional stinger directed towards Martin Luther, and "those heathen protestants". Ususally spiritualy doenst date, because the TRUTH today, is the TRUTH from beginning to end...abiding truths are eternal, and live in the spiritual heart, not in church politics. However, if you can find it in yourself to overlook the attacks on protestants, you're in for a spiritually rewarding resource.

I find the book so useful. When I have a specific problem, I turn to the Contents page, find the problem, like "DEALING WISELY WITH THE FAULTS OF OTHERS", which Fenelon explains in two pages, without obtuse theological terms. I end up with at least good council about how to deal with the faults of others. IT may not always be what I WANT to hear, but its always insightful, and no doubt void of spiritual compromise on Fenelon's part. He writes from the heart, more than the head, as any mystic would. Nevertheless, Fenelon tacks Biblical backup onto his advice, when the situation calls for it. Some questions are almost too humiliating for some to seek out answers from their priest. Say I'm asking myself if my humility is a MASK, or is sincere from my heart. I look up "FALSE AND REAL HUMILITY", discovering answers, or at least an objective opinion. We all have our individual crosses, obviously. (Fenelon covers that on page 38, GODS INDIVIDUAL CROSSES). And, we each have certain problems (sins), that may plague US, but not someone else. I might think I'm very spiritually advanced, when I'm not at all. SO, i read "FALSE NOTIONS OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESS". If I'm bearing the lies of others, there's a wise answer for that situation. If not an answer, at least a sagacious observation about how to MAINTAIN under these hardships. Everything imaginable seems delt with at some point, from Spiritual aridity, to Spiritual Perfection. (aka Divine Union). The collected writings arent a metaphysical discourse reflecting sholasticism, or the logistics of theological debate, or an examination of the minutia of Catholic dogma. Fenelon has humbly bequeathed us answers for the EVERYMAN seeker. These topics cover everything from RULES FOR A BUSY LIFE, and LIVING IN THE PRESENT, to TRUE PRAYER OF THE HEART. (That was odd, cos PRAYER OF THE HEART is often considered the domain of the Orthodox theologican.) His "spiritual children" were from ALL walks of life-- the rich, affluent and powerful, to the lowliest of Monk or Nun. Tho our SPIRITUAL PATH starts from our individual soul's placement, it always end at the same place, ABANDONMENT to GOD. Abandoning ourselves to God's will fulfills our spiritual potential. Discovering the perfect method of bearing our own SPIRITUAL CROSS, reveals God's TRUE teachings direct from the Holy Spirit. I don't doubt that Fenelon was a great theologican, and well as a refined, charming courtier priest. When he abandoned religious titles, wealth, fame and luxury, in order to pursue the path of the renunciant, Fenelon moved into the realm of the Saint. His discourse is self effacing, and always concerned over the trials and temptations his spiritual children endured. If you are a christian, espeically catholilc, Episcopalian, Luthern, or even Orthodox, his philosophy should speak to you without issue. Since the spiritual topics are delt with directly, Fenelon's collection will be useful to anyone. Those who want some fast spiritual advice from a saintly person, without researching tons of theological texts for answers, here's a book for you. Since you can check inside the book with that feature this site has, I recommend that. You'll find his own words arent overflowing with stale Catholic Dogma, or obtuse thinking. For me, this book has been there with specific answers, when I most needed them. For that reason alone, it's a great asset for my own walk towards God. My that blessing be shared by others. PEACE.
 

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