new edition of Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s oustanding work of spiritual direction, Abandonment to Divine Providence. This work, written in the. Jean Pierre de Caussade (7 March – 8 December ) was a French Jesuit priest and writer. He is especially known for the work ascribed to him, Abandonment to Divine Providence, and also his work with the Nuns of the. And this fidelity is equally within everyone’s capacity in both its active and passive exercise.” ― Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Abandonment to Divine Providence.
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Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Thanks for telling sivine about the problem. Return to Book Page. Abandonment to Divine Providence Quotes Showing of All that takes place within us, around us, or through us, contains and conceals His divine action. In reality, holiness consists in one thing alone, namely, fidelity to God’s plan.
And this fidelity is equally within everyone’s capacity in both its active and passive exercise. In this the soul is light as a feather, liquid as water, simple as a child, active as a ball in receiving and following all the inspirations of grace.
Such souls have no more consistence and rigidity than molten metal.
As this takes any form according to the mould into which it is poured, so these souls are pliant and easily receptive of any form that God chooses to give them. In a word, their disposition resembles the atmosphere, which is affected by every breeze; or water, which flows into any shaped vessel exactly filling every dicine. They are before God like a perfectly woven fabric with a clear surface; and neither think, nor seek to divune what God will be pleased to trace thereon, because they have confidence in Him, they abandon themselves to Him, and, entirely absorbed by their duty, they think not of themselves, nor fivine what may be necessary for them, nor anandonment how to obtain it.
Therefore, from henceforth, I renounce my own will to follow Yours in all things; dispose of me, Oh my God, according to Your good will and pleasure. The more He strikes off of what is natural, the more He gives of what is supernatural.
He is loved at first for His gifts, but when these are no longer perceptible He is at last loved for Himself. It providnce by the apparent withdrawal of these sensible gifts that He prepares the way for that great gift which is the most precious and the most extensive of all, since it embraces all others.
Souls which have once for all submitted themselves to the divine action, ought to interpret everything favourably. Instead of looking upon his condition as ruin, he called it the name of God and by blessing it he protested that the divine will under proovidence name or form it might appear, even though expressed by the most terrible catastrophes, was holy. Why should you be so ingenious in tormenting yourself beforehand about something which perhaps will never happen?
Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof. Uneasy forebodings do us much cajssade why do you so readily give way to them? We make our own troubles, and what do we gain by it? When we are obsessed in spite of ourselves by caussad worrying revisions let us be faithful in making a continual sacrifice of them to the sovereign Master. I conjure you to do abaandonment, as in this way you will induce God to deal favourably with you and to help you in every way. You will acquire a treasure of virtue and merit for Heaven, and a submission and abandonment which will enable you to make more progress in the ways of God than any other practice of piety.
It is, possibly, with this view that God permits all these troublesome and trying imaginations. Profit by them then, and God will bless you.
By your submission to His good pleasure you will make greater progress than you could by hearing beautiful sermons, or reading pious books.
The Holy Spirit ever inspired His holy soul and, being entirely abandoned to its every breath, it had no need to consult the moment that had passed, to know how to act in that which was coming. The breath of grace shaped every moment according to the eternal truths subsisting in the invisible and unfathomable wisdom of the Blessed Trinity. The soul of Jesus Christ received these directions at every moment, and acted upon them externally.
Abandonmrnt Gospel shows in the life of Jesus Christ a succession of these truths; and this same Jesus who lives and works always, continues to live and work in the souls of His saints. If you would live according to the Gospel, abandon yourself simply and entirely to the action of God.
Jesus Christ is its supreme mouthpiece. What He has done is finished; what remains to be done is being carried on at every moment. Each saint receives a share in this divine life, and in each, Jesus Christ is different, although the same in Himself.
The life of each saint is the life of Jesus Christ; it is a new gospel. The cheeks of the spouse are compared to beds of flowers, to gardens filled with fragrant blossoms.
The divine action is the gardener, admirably arranging the flower beds. This garden resembles no other, for among all the flowers there are no two alike, or that can be described as being of the same species, except in the fidelity with which they respond to the action of the Creator, in leaving Him free to do as He pleases, and, on their side, obeying the laws imposed on them by their nature. Let God act, and let us do what He requires of us; this is the Gospel; this is the general Scripture, and the common law.
In reality sanctity can be reduced to one single practice, fidelity to the duties appointed by God. Now this fidelity is equally within each one’s power whether in its active practice, or passive exercise. The active practice of fidelity consists in accomplishing the duties which devolve upon us whether imposed by the general laws of God and of the Church, or by the particular state that we may have embraced. Its passive exercise consists in the loving acceptance of all that God sends us at each moment.
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How I wish that I could make them understand that just as the good and the bad thief had the same things to do and to suffer; so also two persons, one of whom is worldly and the other leading an interior and wholly spiritual life have, neither of them, divne different to do or to suffer; but that one is sanctified and attains eternal happiness by submission to Your holy will in those very things by which the other is damned because he does them to please himself, or endures them with reluctance and rebellion.
This proves that it is only the heart that is different. It is peovidence heart that must be changed. When I say heart, I mean will.
Sanctity, then, consists in willing all that God wills for us. What could be more easy, and who could refuse to love a will so kind and so good? Let us love it then, and this love alone will make everything in us divine. The soul in the state of abandonment knows how aabndonment see God even in the proud who oppose His action. All creatures, good or evil, reveal Him to it.
This it respects even in those unruly actions by which the proud attempt to depreciate it. Caussadee proud soul despises one in whose sight it is as nothing, who divune only God in it, and in all its actions.
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Often it imagines that the modesty of the simple soul is a mark of appreciation for itself; when, all the time, it is only a sign of that loving fear of God and of His holy will as shown to it in the person of the proud. No, poor fool, the simple soul fears you not at all. You excite its compassion; it is answering God when you think it is speaking to you: Therefore the more you take a high tone, the lower you become in its estimation; and when you think to take it by surprise, it surprises abanddonment.
Your wiles and violence are just favours from Heaven. The proud soul cannot comprehend itself, but the simple soul, with the light of faith, can very clearly see through it.
Abandonment to Divine Providence
The finding of the divine action in all that occurs at each moment, in and around us, is true science, a continuous revelation of truth, and an unceasingly renewed intercourse with God. It is a rejoicing with the Spouse, not in secret, nor by stealth, in the cellar, or the vineyard, but openly, and in public, without any human respect.
It is a fund of peace, of joy, of love, and of satisfaction with God who is seen, known, or rather, believed in, living and operating in the most perfect manner in everything that happens. It is the beginning of eternal happiness not yet perfectly realised and tasted, except in an incomplete and hidden manner.
The Holy Spirit, who arranges all the pieces on the board of life, will, by this fruitful and continual presence causssde His provudence, say at the hour of death, “fiat cayssade “let there be light” Gen. When God gives Himself thus, all that is ababdonment becomes wonderful; and it is on this account that nothing seems to be so, because this way is, in itself, extraordinary. Consequently it is unnecessary to make it full of strange and unsuitable marvels.
It is, in itself, a miracle, a revelation, a constant joy abandknment with the prevalence of minor faults.
But it is a miracle which, while rendering all common and sensible things wonderful, has nothing in itself that is sensibly abanfonment. The gifts He bestows on them are not always the most apparent to the senses, nor the most agreeable, nor the most sought after, but the most necessary and solid; all the more so, usually, in being less felt and more mortifying to self-love; for that which helps us most powerfully to live to God is what best enables us to die to self.
Causswde by this to find repose in no matter what difficulties and troubles, because all will come right when God pleases, and according to our desires, if He should will it so, or permit it.
I consecrate this day entirely to Your love and to Your greater glory. I know not what this day will bring me either pleasant or troublesome, whether I shall be happy or sorrowful, shall enjoy consolation or undergo pain and grief, it shall be peovidence You please; I give myself into Your hands and submit myself to whatever You will.
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The inordinate love of our own excellence would carry us to as high a flight as Caussafe, but only like him, to fall into the abyss of pride. God, who knows our weakness in this respect, allows us to grovel like worms in the mud of our imperfections, until He finds us capable of being raised without feeling any foolish self-satisfaction, or any contempt of others. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.