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Abandonment to Divine Providence

Abandonment to Divine Providence

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An 18th Century masterpiece of spirituality; a short, intense book, highly charged with love and passion.

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It is divided into two unequal parts, the first containing a treatise on total abandonment to Divine Providence, and the second, letters of direction for persons leading a spiritual life.

The "Treatise" comprises two different aspects of Abandonment to Divine Providence; one as a virtue, common and necessary to all Christians, the other as a state, proper to souls who have made a special practice of abandonment to the holy will of God.

The "Letters of Direction", now for the first time translated into English, were addressed to Nuns of the Visitation at Nancy. Fr. de Caussade had been stationed in this town for some time, and when later he was called away, his letters to the Nuns carried on the powerful influence he had exercised over them. They were treasured and preserved with religious care, and thus have come down to our own days.

Caussade should be gone through at one sitting to get the general idea he is driving at; afterwards, give him several slow and careful readings.


"Surrender does not mean passively accepting injustice or evil but rather seeking God's Will in dealing with it. Only in surrender to the Will of God will we find peace.

St. Therese of Liseaux was profoundly influenced by de Caussade's spirituality. Her 'little way' of self-abandonment, moment by moment, is a practical treatise on how to put de Caussade's advice into action.

The book is short but the influence it can have on one's spiritual life will be life long. You will never view life the same, after completing this book."      ~Confraternity of Penitents


"What was best for the moment that has passed is so no longer because it is no longer the will of God which, becoming apparent through other circumstances, brings to light the duty of the present moment. It is this duty under whatever guise it presents itself which is precisely that which is the most sanctifying for the soul.

If, by the divine will, it is a present duty to read, then reading will produce the destined effect in the soul. If it is the divine will that reading be relinquished for contemplation, then this will perform the work of God in the soul and reading would become useless and prejudicial.

Should the divine will withdraw the soul from contemplation for the hearing of confessions, etc., and that even for some considerable time, this duty becomes the means of uniting the soul with Jesus Christ and all the sweetness of contemplation would only serve to destroy this union."           ~Section 5 - The Divine Influence Alone Can Sanctify Us

Author Caussade, Jean-Pierre de
Translator Beevers, John
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 118 pp.
Publisher Image Books 1975
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