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

October 27, 2011 by  
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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  
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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 XX – God’s Will Effects Sanctification

September 17, 2009 by  
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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 XV – Christian Disregard of God’s Action

July 2, 2009 by  
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What infidelity there is in the world! How unworthy are men’s thoughts of God! We constantly complain of His action in a way we would not use towards the lowest of workmen about his trade. We would reduce God’s action to the limits and rules of our feeble reason. We presume to imagine that we can improve on His acts. These are nothing but complaints and murmurings. We are surprised at the... Read More

Abandonment XIV – God’s Word Written on the Heart

June 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever, ” says the Apostle (Hebrews 13:8). From the beginning of the world He was, as God, the source of the life of righteous souls. From the first moment of His incarnation, His humanity shared this prerogative of His divinity. He is working within us throughout our whole lives. The time that will elapse till the end of the world is... Read More

Abandonment XII – Finding the Will of God

June 11, 2009 by  
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If we are able to greet each passing moment as the manifestation of the will of God, we will find in it all our heart can desire. What could there be more reasonable, more perfect, more divine than the will of God? Could any change of time or place or circumstance alter or increase its infinite value? If you possess the secret of discovering it at every moment and in everything, then you possess all... Read More

Abandonment XI – Recognizing God’s Hand by Faith

June 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, God's Will

Those who are enlightened by faith judge things in a very different way from those who have only their senses to guide them and ignore the inestimable treasures they conceal. He who knows the king in disguise treats him very differently than another who, judging by appearances alone, fails to recognize his royalty and treats him as a commoner. In the same way the soul that recognizes the will of God... Read More

Abandonment X – God’s Hand Present Everywhere

May 28, 2009 by  
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All creatures are living in the hand of God. The senses perceive only the physical causes, but faith sees God’s hand in all things. Faith believes that Jesus Christ lives in all things and that His divine operation continues to the end of time; that every passing moment and the tiniest atom contain a portion of this hidden life and mysterious action. The physical creation is a veil concealing... Read More

Abandonment IX – Holiness Made Easy

May 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, Meditations

I believe that if those who are seriously striving after holiness were instructed as to the conduct they ought to follow they would be spared a good deal of trouble. I speak as much of lay persons as of religious. If the former (i.e., lay persons) could realize the merit concealed in the actions of each moment of the day – I mean in each of the daily duties and actions belonging to their state... 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

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