Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J.

By Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J.

For greater than 250 years, this easy vintage of thought has guided readers of all faiths to the open-hearted popularity of God's will that's the convinced route to serenity, happiness, and religious peace.

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They are made according to his plan, and every one of them falls in with this plan. This submission is real self-abandonment, and nothing could be better. All saints must fulfill the duties imposed on them by their state of life and by God. They live hidden and obscure lives and avoid the dangers of this evil world. They are not saints because of this, but solely because of their submission to the will of God. The more complete their submission, the greater their holiness. Yet we must not make the mistake of thinking that those holy men and women whose virtues shine out because of their wonderful and unusual activities are thereby less completely abandoned to God’s designs.

All I need say here is that Molinos, on the orders of the Inquisition in Rome, was jailed in 1685. He stayed in prison for two years, during which the Inquisition made a thorough investigation of his book and his sermons and of the activities of his followers—two hundred of whom were flung into prison at the beginning of 1687. In the summer of that year, a decree of the Inquisition said Molinos had taught and practiced heretical doctrines, and it listed sixty-eight propositions drawn from his work and those of his followers.

If we waste time seeking an explanation about thirst, all that will happen is that we shall get thirstier. It is the same when we thirst after holiness. The desire to know more about it will only drive it further away. We must put all speculation aside and, with childlike willingness, accept all that God presents to us. What God arranges for us to experience at each moment is the best and holiest thing that could happen to us. (5) The reading of good books and any other pious exercises are useless unless they are the channels through which God operates.

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