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Abandonment to Divine Providence
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. Its encouragement to "live in the present moment," accepting everyday obstacles with faith, humility and love, has guided generations of believers to holiness and spiritual peace.
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.
"In his famous classic, Father de Caussade makes one point, and illustrates it in many different ways. 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."
- Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J, Author, Inside the Bible
Fr. Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751) was a French Jesuit priest and author, most well-known for his famous treatise on Abandonment to Divine Providence, and also his letters to the Visitation nuns, where he served as confessor and spiritual director. 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.
Book 1: On the virtue of abandonment to divine providence; its nature and excellence
Chapter One:Sanctity consists in fidelity to order established by God, and in submission to all his operations
Hidden operations of God
Ordinary duties and humility\
The work of our sanctification
In what perfection consists
The divine influence alone can satisfy us
On the use of mental faculties
On the attainment of peace
To estimate degrees of excellence
Sanctity made easy
Chapter Two:The Divine Action works unceasingly for the sanctification of souls
The unceasing work of God
By faith the operation of God is recognized
How to discover the will of God
The action of Jesus Christ in the souls of men
The treatment of the divine action
The hidden work of divine love
The will of God in the present moment is the source of sanctity
God makes known his will through creatures
Everything is supernaturalized of divine action
The Divine Word our model
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