Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J.

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By Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J.

For greater than 250 years, this straightforward vintage of thought has guided readers of all faiths to the open-hearted reputation of God's will that's the yes route to serenity, happiness, and non secular peace.

"A religious vintage of the 1st order... a e-book for all those that really search God." --Dom David Knowles

"Father de Caussade has an excellent approach of encouraging the uncertain, of nurturing the non-public give up that's a lot part of the improvement of religion. The publication is a secret of its personal -- and is well no longer for Christians only." --Rabbi Joshua Chasan

"Abandonment to Divine Providence is a vintage possibly extra invaluable now than ever ahead of. it is a little e-book that rightly rejects the spirituality of worry and trembling (and the fashionable preoccupation with dreary self-absorption) in desire of an abiding belief in God's energetic benevolence. it is a paintings one reads time and again, consistently with gratitude and astonishment." --Donald Spoto, Author...

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And let them both be aware that holiness means the eager acceptance of every trial sent them by God. This is vastly superior to the enjoyment of all extraordinary experiences. It is the philosophers’ stone which changes into gold all their worries, all their troubles, all their sufferings. Let them realize this—and then how happy they will be! Let them realize that all they have to do to achieve the height of holiness is to do only what they are already doing and endure what they are already enduring, and to realize, too, that all they count as trivial and worthless is what can make them holy.

What happens to him? Well, he receives only the dead letter of the message and his heart grows steadily harder and more shrunken. The designs of God and his will give life to the soul in whatever guise they appear, nourishing and developing it by giving it what is best for it. This happy state is not brought about by any special happening, but by what God has willed for each moment. What was the best thing for us to do in the moment that has passed is no longer so, for the will of God is now manifesting itself in those circumstances which are the duty of the present moment.

Francis is “detached”: “The detached soul does not care if it is serving God by meditating, or serving him by looking after a neighbor. ” We shall see how Caussade expands this into his doctrine of “the duty of the present moment”—a vital part of his spirituality. But it is equally certain that the great Carmelite mystic and doctor of the Church, St. John of the Cross, had a profound influence on Caussade. St. John was canonized just three years before Caussade went for the first time to Nancy and the Visitation convent there; and, as we know, there is always a great flare-up of interest in the works and writings of a man or a woman who is soon to be marked with the seal of the Church as a person of surpassing holiness.

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