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God hides behind the simplest of daily activities; finding Him is a matter of total surrender to His will. That's the message of this eighteenth-century inspirational classic by a French Jesuit writer. The Reverend Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751) encouraged others to "live in the moment," accepting everyday obstacles with humility and love.

Caussade's counsel, which promises comfort and holiness to every soul with good will, has guided generations of seekers to spiritual ...

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God hides behind the simplest of daily activities; finding Him is a matter of total surrender to His will. That's the message of this eighteenth-century inspirational classic by a French Jesuit writer. The Reverend Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751) encouraged others to "live in the moment," accepting everyday obstacles with humility and love.

Caussade's counsel, which promises comfort and holiness to every soul with good will, has guided generations of seekers to spiritual peace. Some of his advice is particularly relevant to beginners; other teachings are geared to those possessing a more advanced degree of spirituality. All will recognize the voice of an authority, who combines practical and theoretical knowledge. Modern readers will find this volume a path to peace amid life's worries and anxieties.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486464268
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Series: Dover Books on Western Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 811,180
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751) was a French Jesuit priest and writer known for his work Abandonment to Divine Providence (also translated as The Sacrament of the Present Moment) and his posthumously-published letters of instruction to the Nuns of the Visitation at Nancy, where he was spiritual director from 1733-1740, although he continued to write the sisters after leaving Nancy. While he is best known for his work with the sisters, he also spent years as preacher in southern and central France, as a college rector (at Perpignan and at Albi), and as the director of theological students at the Jesuit house in Toulouse. Caussade is remembered for, among other things, his belief that the present moment is a sacrament from God and that self-abandonment to it and its needs is a holy state - a belief which, at first glance, would appear to be heretical relative to Catholic dogma. In fact, because of this fear (especially with the Church's condemnation of the Quietist movement), Caussade's instructions to the sisters were kept unpublished until 1861, and even then they were edited (by fellow Jesuit Henri Ramière) to protect them from charges of Quietism. A more authoritative version of these notes was published only in 1966. It is clear in his writings that he is aware of the Quietists and that he rejects their perspective. Writers such as Alan Watts have found in Caussade an Occidental, Christian-theological analogue to the Eastern religion of Mahayana Buddhism, particularly Zen Buddhism.
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Table of Contents


BOOK I
On the virtue of abandonment to divine providence; its nature and excellence.
Chapter I
Sanctity consists in fidelity to the order of god, and in submission to all his operations.
I. The hidden operations of God
II. The hidden operations of God
III. The work of our sanctification
IV. In what perfection consists
V. The divine influence alone can sanctify us
VI. On the use of mental faculties
VII. On the attainment of peace
VIII. To estimate degrees of excellence
IX. Sanctity made easy
Chapter II
The divine action works unceasingly for the sanctification of souls.
I. The unceasing work of God
II. By faith the operation of God is recognised
III. How to discover what is the will of God
IV. The revelations of God
V. The action of Jesus Christ in the souls of men
VI. The treatment of the divine action
VII. The hidden work of divine love
VIII. Experimental Science
IX. The will of God in the present moment is the source of sanctity
X. God makes known His will through creatures
XI. Everything is supernaturalised by the divine action
XII. The divine word our model
BOOK II
Chapter I
On the nature and excellence of the state of abandonment.
I. The life of God in the soul
II. The most perfect way
III. Abandonment a pledge of predestination
IV. Abandonment a source of joy
V. The great merit of pure faith
VI. Submission a free gift to God
VII. Divine favours offered to all
VIII. God reigns in a pure heart
Chapter II
The duties of those souls called by God to the state of abandonment.
I. Sacrifice, the foundation of sanctity
II. The pains and consolations of abandonment
III. The different duties of abandonment
IV. God does all for a soul of goodwill
V. The common way for all souls
VI. The duty of the present moment the only rule
VII. Trust in the guidance of God
VIII. Great faith is necessary
Chapter III
The trials connected with the state of abandonment.
I. Unwise interference
II. Unjust judgments
III. Self-contempt
IV. Distrust of self
V. The life of faith
Chapter IV
Concerning the assistance rendered by the fatherly providence of God to those souls who have abandoned themselves to him.
I. Confidence in God
II. Diversity of grace
III. The generosity of God
IV. The most ordinary things are channels of grace
V. Nature and grace the instruments of God
VI. Supernatural prudence
VII. Conviction of weakness
VIII. Self-guidance a mistake
IX. Divine love, the principle of all good
X. We must see God in all His creatures
XI. The strength of simplicity
XII. The triumph of humility
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