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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 outstanding work of spiritual direction, 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 person’s library, but it is... 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 XXI – Modeled After the Incarnate Word

September 24, 2009 by  
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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  
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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 the will of God –... Read More

Present Moment Reveals Coming of God’s Kingdom: Abandonment XIX

September 3, 2009 by  
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The present moment is like an ambassador who declares the will of God. The heart must ever answer, “Let it be so.” Then the soul will go steadily on by all means towards its target and goal – never pausing in its course, spreading its sails to all winds. All routes and methods advance it equally in its journey toward the great sea, the infinite. Everything becomes an instrument of... Read More

Abandonment XVIII – The Ever-Flowing Spring of Holiness

August 20, 2009 by  
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Abandonment XVII – The Ever-Flowing Spring of Holiness 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... Read More

Abandonment XVII – Especially for Us

August 13, 2009 by  
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How God is Especially for Us – Scripturally and Experientially: 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... Read More

Abandonment XVI – The Hidden Work of Divine Love

July 16, 2009 by  
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Abandonment XVI – The Hidden Work of Divine Love What great truths are hidden from the eyes even of Christians who think themselves most enlightened! How few among them understand that every cross, every circumstance, every leading of the will of God gives us God Himself in a way that can best be explained by comparing them with the most august Mystery of all, the Holy Eucharist. Yet what is... 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 treatment... Read More

Abandonment XIV – God’s Word Written on the Heart

June 25, 2009 by  
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“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

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