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Let Us Be What We Are

The Joys and Challenges of Living the Little Way

Author(s): Clarence Enzler

ISBN13: 9780870612565

ISBN10: 0870612565

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

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  • Let Us Be What We Are: The Joys and Challenges of Living the Little Way offers a glimpse into the life of a Christian disciple facing his own mortality and reflecting on holiness, family, and the saints. This final work from Clarence Enzler, author of the multi-million-selling Everyone’s Way of the Cross, explores the themes first introduced in Enzler's bestseller My Other Self.


    First published in 1978, Let Us Be What We Are explores the Christian life as seen through a personal, intimate, one-on-one conversation with Jesus. Enzler reveals to readers his own conversations with Jesus as he faces serious illness and contemplates his life as a father, deacon, writer, and disciple. He draws readers into his devotion to the “Little Way” of St. Thérèse, explaining how this practice helped him offer his own small sufferings to God, especially when he faced a major surgery. Enzler tells how he learned to unite his suffering with that of Christ in his own personal Holy Week.

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    “Clarence Enzler’s work has touched many lives and brought many people closer to the Lord. It still has the power to do that.”

     - Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington

    “Deacon Enzler's ‘little way’ is recognizably Thérèse’s, yet it is undoubtedly his. In following him on his way, we can surely find our own—the particular little way God wills for us. He is writing within the great spiritual tradition, but translating the riches into an idiom that’s distinctively American and contemporary.”

     - Mike Aquilina, Coauthor of The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition