Spiritual Reading

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I’ve just started reading Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence – a spiritual classic. This is clearly an important book. I’ve gotten more out of just the first few pages than I have out of entire books before. How is it that it took me until 2017 to read it? Here are a couple of snippets:

“God reveals Himself to the humble in the humblest things, while the great who never penetrate beneath the surface do not discover Him even in great events.”

“All you who aim at perfection and are tempted to discouragement by what you read in the lives of the Saints and by what is prescribed in certain books of piety; you who are appalled by the terrible ideas which you form of perfection, it is for your consolation that God wills me to write this. Learn now what you seemingly do not know.”

“Look at your life. What is it made up of? Of innumerable unimportant actions. It is just with these very things, so trifling in themselves, that God is pleased to be satisfied.”

(That second quotation should really be on the cover of this important work!)

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4 Responses to Spiritual Reading

  1. Kathy Dittus says:

    Love that book!! And each time I pick it up to read I find new treasures and it seems to reveal something new to me!

  2. The last quote reminds me of the adage given to me by a spiritual director “be who you are, what you are, where you are, when you are! ” Don’t try to copy the spirituality of others.

  3. Judy Silhan says:

    Thanks so much for this suggestion for spiritual reading. Self-abandonment is a great thing to consider for the rest of Lent, and onward.

  4. Mar A says:

    This book saved my life and was intrumental in saving my soul. This particular edition (the cover photo you use) includes the >letters< of Fr de Caussade and was recommended by a wonderful prayer warrior who works with a diocesan exorcist. This man lead me through the letters on mystical death at the end of the book at a time when I believed I was in the pit of hell…and I've never experienced anything so powerful and so healing in my long life — both this book, and the prayers of our Holy Mother Church. I LOVE Fr Jean-Pierre de Caussade…and consult him often. He never lets me down, but leads me back to complete abandonment to God's will each time I ask for his help. God bless you for recommending this book!

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