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4.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,039 ratings  ·  75 reviews
In the School of the Holy Spirit will help you get to know the Sanctifier of your soul. It will lead you to be more attentive to the movements of the Holy Spirit in your life as you learn to love the third person of the Holy Trinity. Philippe explains the rewards of being attentive to the Holy Spirit and provides simple and concrete ways to grow in this inner sensitivity. ...more
Kindle Edition, 96 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Scepter Publishers (first published 1995)
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This is the third book by Father Jacques Philippe I’ve read now and each one is as good as the rest. They are each like mini-retreats.

“In the School of the Holy Spirit” begins as follows:
‘My Jesus, it is truly easy to become holy; it just takes a little good will! And if He finds this minimum of good will in a soul, He quickly gives Himself to her. And nothing can stop Him, neither our faults nor our falls, absolutely nothing. Jesus hurries to help that soul; and if the soul is faithful to this
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jacques Philippe has become one of my favorite authors. Every book that I've read has been insightful and encouraging.

This book is a very short treatise on how to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He draws from the Bible and the writings of many saints.

I found this book so helpful because it is easy for me to get caught up in a lot of the moral rules involved with following Christ, to the point where I start to lose focus on Christ Himself. Satan would pose a false dichotomy a
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I highlighted a lot! Points to consider:
1. The surest path to holiness is faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit
2. We need to not rely on our own efforts to holiness but rather to allowing God to act in us without resistance
3. Those faithful to and thankful for small graces will receive more and larger ones
4. "If we can only obey people when it happens to please us, we are fooling ourselves about being able to obey the Holy Spirit"
5. "We are not being asked to consent to evil, but
Allison Dale
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this book four stars because I wished there were more of it, but also because I had slightly different expectations for the content. Regardless, it was excellent. I have often been confused by the Holy Spirit in terms of who exactly He is. I won’t say I understand the Father and the Son perfectly, but out of the three persons of the Trinity, my relationship with the Spirit has the most room for growth. I won’t go into the depths of my prayer here, but I think I had different expectat ...more
Dominique Rupp
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If we have ever had a conversation for at least five minutes then you already know that the Holy Spirit is basically my best friend. After thinking about it a little bit, I decided to pick up this book in hopes that I could appreciate Him more. It’s often hard to explain to people what He looks like, the tangible ways that He is able to delight in people’s souls — but this book is worth pursuing if you’re ever lost in discernment or what to do. It will help you understand your own faith better a ...more
Ann Warren
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another short but phenomenal read by Fr Jacques Philippe! This book is about how to better hear the voice of the Holy Spirit in your life, and how to discern whether it is truly the Spirit speaking. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to better recognize and follow God’s will. Excellent food for thought/prayer.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic-read
Simple, short, but so full of wisdom. Fr. Jacques dives into the most common misconceptions about docility to the Holy Spirit and provides practical advice for growing in that area. He pulls from Scripture, the Saints, and the life of Mary, the Mother of God.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderfully quick, but packed spiritual read.
Rick Dugan
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though "In the School of the Holy Spirit" is written from a Roman Catholic perspective, Christians of all denominations will find useful instructions to respond to the "inspirations of the Spirit" (what evangelicals would call "promptings."). All that we experience in life, all that God reveals of himself, even His silence ... all are the means by which the Holy Spirit makes us holy. Through holiness, we experience the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and, of course, who wouldn't want lo ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
I enjoyed this book. My take away is to take more time in the classroom of silence to listen to the Holy Spirit's guidance. I must also ask for his guidance on decisions I need to make. Some quotes:

The shortest road is faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit

Only God knows each person's road

What prevents us from receiving more abundant graces from God may be quite simply our not being sufficiently grateful and not thanking him for the graces he has already given us

If our inner world i
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A short book worth well worth reading. My favorite quote: "The Holy Spirit cannot, in his inspirations, ask us for anything that contradicts his will as expressed by the more usual means: the Word of God, the teaching of the Church, and the demands of our vocation." ...more
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
I found this little book at the Catholic monastery in Mission.
Hey wonderful read that discusses how to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit in day to day decisions.

Elizabeth Husted Duffy
Could read this on repeat in perpetuity. The most beneficial spiritual reading I've done in years. ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Succint And rich, highly recommended. The last appendix alone is worth the book.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very deep and simple book, written in such a way that anyone can understand.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Father Jacques Philippe writes in circles, using many, many words to say very, very little. Likely something was lost in translation, but that excuse can only go so far.

The price of the book is also a scandal. $12.60 for a book that is barely eighty pages long, even including four appendices that are largely composed of quotations from the saints, is unconscionable, given that books that run two or three hundred pages long often cost less than $10.00. Yes, I freely agreed to buy the book for the
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All Christians are called to be holy and to be obedient to God. Sometimes the path is obvious, what to do and what not to do. But sometimes the Spirit's leading is harder to discern. This little book is dense with information related to discerning the leading of the Holy Spirit, and ways to foster His inspirations. This is a quick read and one I am about to reread much more slowly, highlighting points and taking notes. Jacques Philippe is probably my favorite author on spiritual topics of late. ...more
Chris Lussier
Phenomenal! Though Catholic, I wish every believer in every denomination everywhere would read this book. It’s sober, practical, biblical, convicting, encouraging, inspiring, and the writing is really good too. It will live you wanting to read it again and again until you’ve truly mastered all that it teaches simply because it’s that helpful and that good. Or so that is my humble opinion about it. 🙂
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most amazing books I have read. Although it is short, it is filled with wisdom that makes it feel as if it is a longer book. I feel like the Holy Spirit is often forgotten, but this book details the extent of grace to which the Holy Spirit provides us. It is wonderful in learning how to discern God’s will, and I know I will be referring back to this book many times in the future.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read from Fr. Philippe, and I love it as much as I loved Searching for and Maintaining Peace. I literally highlighted half of the book because there were so many well written passages that were chock full of spiritually sound advice. It's almost like having a spiritual director in book form. Quick, easy read. ...more
Lynn Muñoz
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short, but powerful book about following the signs of the Holy Spirit. It has changed my life and has provided tangible steps on how to become a better person, and how to surrender any pride or stubbornness to the will of God! I grew closer to the Holy Spirt after reading this book. Highly recommend!
Artie Rosado
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read. Nothing practical for the reader to undergo but gave valuable insight to the uniqueness the Holy Spirit plays in a persons life by helping to increasing your awareness of its movements.
Sarah Billing
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the books written by this very special priest - he has wonderful insights. Our Catholic book club has read and discussed many of his books. It's been great for our group to discuss and apply his practical and spiritual lessons. ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality, 2019
Short but full of practical guidance and encouragement in learning to recognize & respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Gives guidance on discerning God’s will in the decisions you make in life. Essential for your spiritual library!
Nettie Andrews
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the School of the Holy Spirit

I was just getting started when the book was finished. It is just a good beginning learning about how to discern when the Holy Spirit is talking to us & when it is our selves or the evil one. I want to know more.
Jan Petrozzi
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome if you are looking to understand how to discern the messages we receive from the Holy Spirit. I loved reading it because it makes what seems like a complicated thing very simple and beautiful.
This book was filled with simple, yet profound wisdom. Both a gentle guide and challenge to holiness. I would read it again or go back to it as a reference to stay fresh on paying attention to the quiet, loving, guiding voice of the Holy Spirit.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fr. Jaques Phillippe again puts so much into such a small book. Highlights on every page. Speaking truth and grace directly into my heart. Will need to read this again and again to let it truly sink in.
Natalie Gifford
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A sit & savor & read again & again book!

Great book on growing in the Holy Spirit. Lots of highlights to reference back to. Definitely not a one & done book, but one I will come back to over & over.
Jenny Smith
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of an Advent study. I just got around to finishing the appendixes though. Everything in this book was so good! Straightforward and easy to understand. And very applicable to our everyday lives as well.
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Jacques Philippe was born into a Christian family on March 12, 1947 in Lorraine, France. After studying mathematics in college, he spent several years teaching and doing scientific research. In 1976, he met the then recently-founded Community of the Beatitudes and answered the Lord’s call to follow Him through this vocation (see below for more information on the Community of the Beatitudes). He th ...more

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