“If we are earnest about our souls, with a quiet fidelity to those duties, practices, and devotions which obedience sanctions to us, our love of God increases without our knowing or feeling it. It is only now and then…that God allows us to perceive that we have really made some progress, and that we care more for Him and less of anything else but Him, than we used to do.”
All for Jesus: The Easy Ways of Divine Love, by Father Frederick William Faber, is my fourth book for Rose City Reader’s 2018 European Reading Challenge. Fr. Faber, a Catholic priest, was a popular spiritual writer in Victorian England.
Fr. Faber is better known for his hymns and poems, but his book of advice about how to love God more easily in the circumstances of ordinary life is a gem of practical spiritual advice.
He advises lay people, living ordinary lives, to grow in love for God and in authentic holiness by focusing their efforts on furthering “the glory of God, the interests of Jesus, and the salvation of souls.” Then he offers simple, practical ways to do each of those things within the context of everyday life.
Fr. Faber’s spirituality resembles that of Brother Lawrence–author of The Practice of the Presence of God–and of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. He advises readers to be mindful of God’s constant presence and love, to praise and thank Him throughout the day, to pray for the needs of others, to offer God the goodness of His own creation, and to be the “life, strength, muscle” of the Body of Christ on earth.
For those who seek to love God with a warmer heart, All for Jesus: The Easy Ways of Divine Love offers a “little way” to make big changes in one’s relationship with Him.