Patricia Hofer

“All God wants is our heart”

In one of her letters, Jeanne de Chantal, an inspiring and practical spiritual writer from the 17th century, counseled a person who was overcome with the physical exertion and effort of religious zeal. She told him, “All God wants is our heart.” God wants “a calm, peaceful uselessness, a resting near Him” with “a few words of love, or of faithful, simple surrender, spoken softly, effortlessly” (Light from Light, Dupré and Wiseman 374-375).

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