Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J.
By Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J.
For greater than 250 years, this easy vintage of concept has guided readers of all faiths to the open-hearted reputation of God's will that's the convinced route to serenity, happiness, and religious peace.
"A non secular vintage of the 1st order... a ebook for all those that really search God." --Dom David Knowles
"Father de Caussade has an excellent method of encouraging the uncertain, of nurturing the private hand over that's quite a bit part of the improvement of religion. The booklet is a secret of its personal -- and is well no longer for Christians only." --Rabbi Joshua Chasan
"Abandonment to Divine Providence is a vintage might be extra worthy now than ever sooner than. it is a little e-book that rightly rejects the spirituality of worry and trembling (and the trendy preoccupation with dreary self-absorption) in prefer of an abiding belief in God's lively benevolence. this can be a paintings one reads repeatedly, continually with gratitude and astonishment." --Donald Spoto, Author...
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But Albi had other pleasures apart from the beauty of its landscapes to offer Caussade. In a letter to one of the Visitation nuns, he tells her that he has “discovered something which gives me infinitely more satisfaction than anything you can imagine. Here in Albi there is a convent of Poor Clares who are completely cut off from the world. They enter religion without any dowry and live entirely on alms. ” This is all that can be dredged up from the past about Caussade, apart from the fact that he published one book, and that anonymously.
We may know all about these theories and be able to speak and write about them brilliantly, teach them to others and give spiritual advice, but if we have only an intellectual knowledge of them we are compared to those who do God’s will and yet know absolutely nothing of theology and certainly cannot talk about its complexities, like a doctor who is ill compared with simple people who enjoy perfect health. If a faithful soul accepts God’s will and purpose in all simplicity, he will reach perfection without ever realizing it, just as a sick man who swallows his medicine obediently will be cured, although he neither knows nor cares about medicine.
Abandonment is a short book. Short books often have great power. A few that come to mind are Thomas à Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ, the Communist Manifesto, Paine’s The Rights of Man, Rousseau’s Social Contract, St. Thérèse’s The Story of a Soul, and, of course, the Gospels. There is a very human reason for this. Most people have neither the time nor the inclination to plough through a five-volume treatise. They want the message, whatever it is, given to them in as few pages as possible. This is no new phenomenon.