About Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade Jean Pierre de Caussade was one of the most remarkable spiritual writers of the. Abandonment to Divine Providence. With Letters of Father de Caussade on the Practice of Self-Abandonment. By: Jean-Pierre De Caussade. Abandonment to Divine Providence has ratings and reviews. booklady French writer JEAN PIERRE DE CAUSSADE () believed that the.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. For de Caussade, living in the moment meant having abandonmeng complete trust and faith in God, for God’s will defined and guided all things.
The practical advice contained in his guidebook for the faithful was originally a series of letters written for the Nuns of the Visitation of Nancy, meant to help them navigate the confusing and difficult work of spiritual enlightenment, and comes together here in two distinct parts, one for the theoretical foundations of abandoning oneself to the present moment and one with practical advice on how to live such a life.
Though a departure from the standard Christian perspective, Abandonment to Divine Providence remains a deeply spiritual work with a message that many Christians may find freeing and inspiring. Paperbackpages. Published April 15th by Cosimo Classics first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Divkne are some books which are almost too good to be able to describe. She also introduced me to another, more complete edition of this book which I want to check out when I next have time to return to this book. As a novice Secular Carmelite, I hope we will be reading this in the years ahead. One of the many beautiful things about this book is its simplicity. caussadw
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Anot There are some books which are almost too good to be able to describe. Another is its brevity. I have read both versions, Sacrament of the Present Momentbeing the newer translation of Abandonment of Divine Providence.
I prefer the older, but each has its place.
Both titular phrases are Fr. Remain in the here-and-now; that is where the incarnate Christ dwells.
Father Caussade never knew he wrote this book; what we read today was originally a collection of letters written when he was the spiritual director to the Visitation nuns of Nancy in France—as well as notes from talks he gave them. Born in in the south of France, there is almost nothing known about Caussade—no picture survives, no physical description, and very few facts.
But we do know he was born during an era when the Catholic faith was rich and vibrant; he grew up in the shadow of such giants as St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Francis de Sales and St.
In fact, although he was a Jesuit, his writings reflect more Carmelite and Salesian spirituality, than they do Ignatian influence.
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The book is a series of meditations, meant to be consumed in small bite-sized pieces and then savored or contemplated. That is why it is perfect both as an audiobook and a devotional. It constantly circles back to the gentle reminder we have but one three-fold duty—to abandon ourselves to His Will, trust Him in everything and live in the Present Moment.
Such a sweetly elemental principle! We humans want to complicate everything; He wants to simplify things. We want to hold on to our problems; He wants to relieve us of them. Recently, I have been filling my poor head with facts from confusing technical reading which doesn’t clarify or solve anything.
Fortunately, at the same time, I have also been listening to my Ignatian Press tapes, while driving in the car, of Mark Taheny as he reads Abandonment. Talk about peace and transport–peace in transport. I look forward to my time alone absorbing these Christ-like words which reassure me that all I need to do is surrender to Him and love. Do my Christian duty always and forget about what others think about me. If I am misunderstood, so much the better—so was He.
Let go of the past. Forget about the future. Be in the present. He is taking care of everything else. All things work together for our good if we let Him work in our lives. What does not make sense now, does not matter. If He wills it, it is—that is enough. As with most spiritual books different parts are helpful with each read. On this particular listening I was struck by the sixth and seventh sections of Chapter Six: There is nothing more prudent than to offer no resistance to one’s enemies and face them with simple abandonment.
This is to run before the wind and stay at peace. Simplicity is always victorious when faced with worldly wisdom and easily avoids all its tricks without understanding them or even being conscious of them. God makes the soul take such suitable measures that they completely confound those who seek to trap it.
It benefits by all their efforts, and what is meant to degrade it only increases its virtue. Deep within those shadows is the hand of God to support and carry us to complete self-abandonment. And when the soul has arrived at this sublime state it need fear nothing which is said against it, for there is no longer anything for it to do in self-defense. The reminder to me was that the reading I had been doing—at someone else’s request–was looking for a worldly solution to problems.
Caussade I remembered that at core, all problems are essentially spiritual because we are spirit. We sin every day by our thoughts, words and actions, but God forgives us for all our sins, so long as we truly repent. The only sin He can’t forgive is the one for which we are not truly sorry.
I am eternally grateful for this wonderful little book–which I have already read many times–and to which I hope to return many more times. God bless you Father Caussade! View all 13 comments. Finished listening to this again. I will be due to read thi Finished listening to this again. I will be due to read this again in 18 months or so. Between this and The Sacrament of the Present Momentwhich is modern version of the same book, I prefer this. However, I’m going to re-read both and do a comparison.
Still want to do this sometime, but didn’t get to it during this read. View all 6 comments. To avoid any anxieties which may be caused by either regret of the past or fear of the future, here in a few words is the rule to follow: I love this book. For the most part it is a deeply gentle, non-violent book of spiritual guidance for those who long to become closer to God, but find themselves thwarted by anxiety, inner turbulence, and despair of the world and of themselves, their own wills, plans, and designs — especially for those who have already spent some years on a spiritual path integrating focused contemplative prayer and action.
If taken to heart, a transformative book. It was recommended to my husband his spiritual director, an octogenarian Jesuit I would describe as a spiritual master.
They are quite individual depending on which specific person he is writing to; you get to know some of the women, as well as the author, indirectly through the letters. There’s also something challenging but sometimes wonderful about the non-modernity of the translation I’m reading — translated by Algar Thorold and edited by John Joyce S. To appreciate it fully one has to kind of abandon oneself to this older form of faith to see where it goes.
The book is also available in other translations, one alternatively titled The Sacrament of the Present Moment. View all 3 comments.
Oct 01, Edvard Taylor rated it it was amazing. This beautiful, extraordinary and timeless book by an 18th century author is one of the greatest mystical treatises of any time in any religion.
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It is to be most warmly recommended to all true and sincere students of mysticism. It radiates the warmth of St. Francis de Sales, touches in a uniquely loving and gentle way on the sufferings on the soul immersed in the dark night of the spirit, offers guidance on ways of contemplation and the attainment of true humility, which, as the author asserts, This beautiful, extraordinary and timeless book by an 18th century author is one of the greatest mystical treatises of any time in any religion.
Francis de Sales, touches in a uniquely loving and gentle way on the sufferings on the soul immersed in the dark night of the spirit, offers guidance on ways of contemplation and the attainment of true humility, which, as the author asserts, is the prerequisite of self-knowledge preparing the way for the love of God which the purified soul must enter through the cloud of unknowing.
May 17, Steven R. I have had interest in this book for a number of years now, but just never got around to reading it.
In part because there are a few main editions all translated nearly years ago, and so many different editions of it, some abridged and some not, some abridged and some not, some reformatted and updated and many not.
So when a new edition became available, with an introduction by Matthew Kelly, I read it within days of it being available.
This is the first book in a new series called Dynamic C I have had interest in this book for a number of years now, but just never got around to reading it. This is the first book in a new series called Dynamic Catholic Classics. And unlike many editions that are currently available this one has been redone, with new typeset, formatting and layout.