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Jerome Schwindenhammer

This correspondence provides rare insight into Libermann's interior life. One letter in particular, that of August 3, 1846, "God has given me everything. He attracted me without asking my leave and He did so with a violence that I have never noticed in any other soul. At the beginning, I was very lax, indifferent, worthless, for everything that pertains to the supernatural life. Our Lord gave me the grace to resist my father who desire to tear me away from the Faith. I chose to renounce him rather than to abandon my faith ... For the space of about five years He held my faculties absorbed and captive, and throughout that time I never had any thought of ‘working' to acquire any particular virtue. My whole occupation consisted in being with Him, and this was very easy."