Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Catholic Information Center
1501 K Street NW Suite 175
Washington, DC 20005 United States
Father Jeff Kirby is the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Indian Land, South Carolina (gracewepray.org). He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Father Kirby serves as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College and Pontifex University. He has authored several books, including “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” “Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life,” “God’s Search for Us,” and most recently, “Be Not Troubled: A 6-Day Personal Retreat with Fr. Jean-Pierre DeCaussade.”
For more than 250 years, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade has offered inspiration and spiritual balm for those plagued with doubt, anxiety, and fear. Motivated by his own life-changing encounter with this spiritual classic and the popular resurgence in practicing Christian mindfulness, bestselling author and retreat leader Rev. Jeffrey Kirby serves up six meditations, rooted in Caussade’s work, for today’s reader and presents them as a personal retreat.
Perfect for anyone looking to renew their trust in God and live freely in the present moment, Be Not Troubled invites you to let go of what you can’t control and discover a place of deep serenity in God.
Fr. Kirby will be available to sign books during the reception, which will take place after the lecture.
I found this book to be powerful, profound, and very readable. I highly recommend it to all who want to live and learn the joys of surrendering to divine providence. Be Not Troubled walks the reader through a six-day journey towards this surrender. It is a perfect introduction to and application of Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s masterpiece, Abandonment to Divine Providence.
Founder and president of Culture of Life Africa
Fr. Kirby shows himself to be a gentle but experienced spiritual director in the pages of Be Not Troubled. He guides the reader through the little-known but rich content of the French Jesuit Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, who preached the radical notion of truly abandoning ourselves to God’s will to find peace and joy. Packed with everyday wisdom and tips, Fr. Kirby reminds us of the many ways that God is with each us through all of life’s trials and tumult and that even in the midst of pain, suffering, and confusion, we can know God’s love and will for our lives.
Author of The Marian Option
It hurts to admit it, but I wasted many years worrying about the future. Through the writings of Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, I discovered that my anxiety was caused by a failure to trust in God’s providence. In Be Not Troubled, Fr. Jeff Kirby totally surprised me by presenting the teachings of Caussade in a fresh and practical way. This book is the perfect cure for troubled minds.
Author of Give Up Worry for Lent!
Fr. Kirby has skillfully brought the spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence from the eighteenth century into the twenty-first. With examples from his own life and pastoral experiences, he shows how the daily events and challenges of our lives—far from being distractions—are in fact our way to holiness. He gives us a practical guide and workable resource to develop lives free from anxiety through confidence in God’s grace.
Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B.
Chancellor of Belmont Abbey College
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