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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. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. For de Caussade, living in the moment meant having a 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 15th by Cosimo Classics first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Carline Francois I love this book. It helps me to grow closer to the Lord without all the pressure. It makes life a little easier. Abandonment to Providence, is just a …more I love this book. Abandonment to Providence, is just allowing yourself to be free. No attachments. A breath of fresh air and the one that gives you this freedom is Christ Jesus. See 1 question about Abandonment to Divine Providence…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Abandonment to Divine Providence. The aspect that leaves me unarmed is the recent research carried out by the French historian Jacques Gagey, who apparently discovered that the letters were concealed by a unknown ghost writer and written by a noble lady of French Lorraine and not by the friar Jean Pierre de Causade , but definitely in contact with the religious man.
At first confident and then protector of de Caussade, she inherits the great mystical tradition but she also senses, and makes her own, the philosophy of the enlightenment, in a positive sense. Not dwelling on theories or abstractions, but pointing directly, as had already happened with Teresa d'Avila, on its own concrete experience. Dapprima confidente e poi protettrice di de Caussade, ella eredita la grande tradizione mistica ma avverte anche, e fa sua, la filosofia dei Lumi, in accezione positiva.
View all 11 comments. Shelves: , favorites , spiritual , classic , church-documents , s , non-fiction , prayer , religion , theology. There 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.
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 Moment , being 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. Jane de Chantal. In fact, although he was a Jesuit, his writings reflect more Carmelite and Salesian spirituality, than they do Ignatian influence.
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: 6 An abandoned soul is not afraid of its enemies, but finds them useful allies.
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. God does that. 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. Listening to Fr. 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.
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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. We must rest in God's grace, as we are totally unable to contribute to our salvation. What word pops into people's minds when they hear Christians making the above statements? Usually these beliefs are associated with those of the Calvinist persuasion.
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. 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.