He is especially known for the work ascribed to him, Abandonment to Divine Providence , and also his work with the Nuns of the Visitation in Nancy, France. He was spiritual director to the Nuns of the Visitation in Nancy, France , from to During this time and after he left Nancy, he wrote letters of instruction to the nuns. Whoever the author was, he or she believed 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, in the theological climate of France at the time, was considered close to Quietist heresy.
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God is to be found in the simplest of our daily activities and especially through total surrender to whatever is His will for each of us. That is the message of this 18th-century inspirational classic by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. This special volume of the famous spiritual treatise also includes the many insightful letters of Father de Caussade on the practice of self-abandonment.
These numerous letters provide a great additional source of wisdom and practical guidance for how to grow in abandonment and to deepen our union with God in our daily lives. De Caussade shows that this practice of self-abandonment to God's will is the key to attaining true peace and virtue, and that it is readily available to all people - from beginners to those well advanced in the spiritual life. He also shows how to determine what God's will is for us.
He reveals that it is not extraordinary feats that God expects for our growth in holiness, but rather heroic attention to every detail in our lives and humble acceptance of our daily lot in life as coming from His hand. The rich spiritual lessons in this book have stood the test of time, offering real and practical assistance to all people because its message is simple and clear, one that the reader will find to be a rare treasure of inspiration and direction to be referred to again and again.
He also served as the rector of two colleges, and as spiritual director for a Jesuit house. He was deeply influenced by the writings of both St. Francis de Sales and St.
John of the Cross. That point is: do the will of God to the best of your ability and you will attain peace of soul here and life everlasting hereafter. Extra value of the new Ignatius Press edition is the inclusion of de Caussade's wonderful letters of spiritual advice. The letters offer many concrete examples of how to find God's will in your life and how to put it into practice. This classic belongs in every spiritual library. Kenneth Baker, S. Toggle navigation Order 3 items and receive a Free Book!
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Summary Read this work. God is sovereign. God is in charge of everything, including the little things. Not a hair falls from our heads without God's divine will.
Abandonment to Divine Providence
Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. This is not an 'official' site but submits in all things to the Holy See. Site Navigation Home Our Faith. Penny Catechism. Jesus Christ.