Abandonment to Divine Providence

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781594621703
  • Publisher: Standard Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.82 (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

I On doing our part and leaving the rest to God 22
II Embrace the present moment as an ever-flowing source of holiness 36
III To surrender to God is to practice every virtue 59
IV Complete surrender to the will of God is the essence of spirituality 72
V Only complete and true faith enables the soul to accept with joy everything that happens to it 86
VI All will be well if we abandon ourselves to God 99
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