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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ: Abandon Yourself to this Book

October 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Detachment, Resources

By Dr. Jeff Mirus | www.CatholicCulture.org Published with Permission Ignatius Press has just come out with a new edition of Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s oustanding work of spiritual direction, Abandonment to Divine Providence. This work, written in the 18th century by a French Jesuit, has become one of the great classics of Catholic spiritual reading. Not only does it deserve a treasured place in each... Read More

The Joy of Full Surrender – Abandonment to Divine Providence

January 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Detachment, Resources

Abandonment to Divine Providence By Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade Abandonment to Divine Providence (also known in another translation as the Joy of Full Surrender)  has been a life-changing book for me. Aside from scripture, it is the only book that I have read through multiple times (at least three cover to cover). The great power of the book comes through Lectio Divina or meditation on the content... Read More

Abandonment XXI – Modeled After the Incarnate Word

September 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

The workings of God within us carry out in the course of time the designs which Eternal Wisdom has formed in regard to everything. In God all things have their own design, and His wisdom alone knows what that is. Though you read the will of God in regard to others, this knowledge cannot direct you in anything. In the Incarnate Word, in God Himself, is the design after which you were meant to be formed... Read More

Abandonment XX – God’s Will Effects Sanctification

September 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

It is only because they do not know how to make use of God’s action that so many Christians spend their lives anxiously pursuing a multitude of methods of perfection. These might prove useful if ordained by God’s will, but they actually become injurious the moment they keep us from simply surrendering ourselves to God’s will. These multiplied means cannot give what we find only in... Read More

Abandonment XVIII – The Ever-Flowing Spring of Holiness

August 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, God's Will

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O all you who thirst, learn that you have not far to go to find the spring of living waters! It springs forth quite close to you in the present moment. Therefore hasten to approach it. Why, with the spring so near, do you tire yourselves running after shallow brooks which only tease your thirst? They measure stingily the water they give us, while only the spring itself is inexhaustible. If you wish... Read More

Abandonment XVII – Especially for Us

August 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

We can only be truly instructed by the words which God speaks to us personally. No one grows in knowledge of God either by reading books or by curious historical research. These means give us but a vain and empty knowledge, which serves only to confuse us and inflate us with pride. That which truly instructs us in what comes to us by the will of God from moment to moment. This is the knowledge gained... Read More

Abandonment VIII – Who is the Most Holy?

May 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, God's Will

The will of God gives a supernatural and divine value to everything for the soul submitted to it. All the duties His will imposes, all those contained in it, all the matters it touches, become holy and perfect, because the will of God is unlimited in power and it makes everything it touches divine. But in order not to stray either to the right or the left, we should follow such inspirations we believe... Read More

Abandonment VI – The Limited Use of Intelligence

April 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, Meditations

The mind with all its powers would like to hold first place among all the instruments employed by God, but it must, like a dangerous slave, be reduced to the lowest place. It might be of great service if made use of in a right manner, but it can do much injury if it is not kept in subjection. When the soul longs for outward supports, grace whispers to the heart that God’s invisible work is enough.... Read More