“If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you,
‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him
and he would have given you living water.”
The Living Water, one of Fr. Pierre-Thomas Dehau’s many books, is a treatment of the contemplative life as the life of wisdom concerned with a mysterious reality, hidden and inaccessible to human powers alone. In these pages, the fruit of sixteen of his retreat conferences, Fr. Dehau guides the reader into an understanding of how to grow in union with God through charity and contemplation. The Living Water is essential reading for those who are living out a religious vocation, for those who are discerning the call to a religious vocation, and for parents who are educating their children in the school of virtue.
Praise for The Living Water
“Books on vaguely-defined ‘spiritualities’ abound today, but it is rare to find a work of true spiritual theology, which explores with doctrinal rigor and pastoral sensitivity the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers. In these conferences preached to Benedictine contemplatives, Fr. Pierre-Thomas Dehau offers just that. This extended reflection on the living water of grace, the love of God poured out in the Holy Spirit through the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is deeply contemplative, drawing both heart and intellect into prayerful spiritual reading. Fr. Dehau’s energetic prose and practical examples reveal an insight into the subtle temptations and struggles which assail frail human beings called to the angelic life of contemplation, but urge simple trust in God whose designs for us are beyond imagining. These talks will inspire lay people too to drink more deeply from the fountain which springs up to eternal life. This retrieval of a French spiritual classic is a welcome source of substantive spiritual refreshment in a sometimes arid contemporary landscape.” ~Daria Spezzano, Assistant Professor of Theology, Providence College
“This volume of retreat conferences brings to light once more in a powerful way the Catholic tradition concerning holiness of life and the call to wisdom and contemplation. Fr. Dehau, spiritual mentor and guide to Raissa Maritain, urges us to listen to God’s invitation to a high degree of union with Him and to embrace with courage and vigor a life of virtue. In contrast to contemporary works on “spirituality,” this is no manual of techniques or strategies to attain to the experience of God. Rather, elevated theological principles, clothed in language accessible to the ordinary Christian, present a vision of Christian perfection that is both credible and appealing. The directness of the preacher’s words and the depth of his message provide a treasure trove for the serious Christian longing to go forth into the heart of God.” ~Gabriel B. O’Donnell, OP, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
About the Author
Pierre-Thomas Dehau, O.P., was born in Bouvines, France, in 1870. He was a prolific preacher and was friend and spiritual director to many, including Julien Green, Marthe Robin, and Jacques and Raissa Maritain. He died in 1956, leaving a rich legacy of writings on prayer, apostleship, liturgy, and devotion to Jesus and Mary.