Elisabeth Leseur (1866-1914) and her husband Felix deeply loved each other, but his hostility to her faith brought her great sadness. Finding that debate was ineffective, she silently prayed for him. In a secret diary she expressed her anguish of soul:
“I thirst for sympathy, to bare my soul to the souls that are dear to me, to speak of God and immortality and the interior life and charity. … The perfect union of two souls—how beautiful a harmony that would make! With him whom I love best in the world, let me one day make this harmony, O my God!”
After Elisabeth’s death at age 48, Felix learned of her secret diary. Reading it he was so deeply moved by her love for him that he came to faith himself, eventually becoming a priest in the church.
Coffee/tea thought: May this story encourage all of us who pray and long for friends and loved ones to come to faith.
Ref: The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur: The Woman Whose Goodness Changed Her Husband from Atheist to Priest (2002)
October 19th, 2020
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