Spiritual Counsels: The Life of Abandonment

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Prayer is the best weapon we possess, the key that opens the heart of God. Have patience and persevere in the holy exercise of meditation; be content to begin with small steps till you have legs to run, better still wings to fly.

Be content to be obedient, which is never a small thing for a soul which has chosen God for its portion. And be resigned to be, for the present, a little bee in the hive which will soon become a large bee capable of making honey. The most beautiful Credo is that which comes from your lips in darkness, in sacrifice, in pain, in the supreme effort of an unbending will for good. It is this which, like a stroke of lightning, penetrates the darkness of the soul; it is this which in the flash of the tempest lifts you and leads you to God.

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The prayers of the Saints in heaven and of the just on earth are a perfume which will never be lost. Pray, hope and don't worry.

Anxiety doesn't help at all. Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer. Let us bind ourselves tightly to the Sorrowful Heart of our heavenly Mother and reflect on its boundless grief of how precious is our soul.

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When there is no time for both, meditation and vocal prayer, meditation is to be preferred because it is more fruitful. Against Temptation Do not fear. Jesus is more powerful than all hell. At the invocation of his name every knee in heaven, on earth and in hell must bend before Jesus; this is a consolation for the good and terror for evil. Remember that it is not feeling of guilt that constitutes sin but the consent to sin.

Only the free will is capable of good or evil. But when the will sighs under the trial of the tempter and does not will what is presented to it, there is not only no fault but there is virtue. Let the world turn topsy turvy, everything be in darkness and Mount Sinai all aflame, covered with lightning, thunder — God is with you.


But if God lives in the darkness and Mount Sinai is all aflame, covered with lightning, thunder, and noise, will we not be safe near him? The best means of guarding yourself against temptation are the following: watch your senses to save them from dangerous temptation, avoid vanity, do not let your heart become exalted, convince yourself of the evil of complacency, flee away from hate, pray whenever possible. If the soul would know the merit which one acquires in temptations suffered in patience and conquered, it would be tempted to say: "Lord, send me temptations. Remember this: if the devil makes noise it is a sign that he is still outside and not yet within.

That which must terrify us is his peace and concord with the human soul. The field of battle between God and Satan is the human soul. It is in the soul that the battle rages every moment of life. The soul must give free access to the Lord so that it be fortified by him in every respect and with all kinds of weapons; that his light may enlighten it to combat the darkness of error; that it be clothed with Jesus Christ, with his justice, truth, the shield of faith, the word of God, in order to conquer such powerful enemies.

To be clothed with Jesus Christ it is necessary to die to oneself. That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference and apathy.

Walk the way of the Lord in simplicity; do not torment your spirit. Speak the truth, always the truth.

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Do not be so given to the activity of Martha as to forget the silence of Mary. May the Virgin who so well reconciled the one with the other be your sweet model and inspiration. Some persons when they are with the good, are good; when they are with the bad they follow evil. This is to have half a conscience; it is to act like children who, in the presence of strangers, abuse the occasion to do things that please their taste, certain that the parents will not reprove them. If we wish to reap it is necessary not so much to sow abundantly as to spread the seed in fertile soil, and when this seed becomes a plant, our chief anxiety should be to watch that the weeds do not suffocate the tender plants.

It is necessary to guard all your senses particularly your eyes: they are the means by which all the fascination and charm of beauty and voluptuousness enter the heart. When fashion, as in our time, is towards provocation and exposes what formerly was even wrong to think about, caution and self-restraint must be exercised. Whenever necessary you must look without seeing and see without thinking about it. Endeavor to unite the simplicity of children with the prudence of adults.

To doubt is the greatest insult to the Divinity. We must know how to confide.

There is the fear of God and the fear of a Judas. Too much fear makes one labor without love, and too much confidence prevents us from considering the danger which we must overcome. The one must go hand in hand with the other and proceed as sisters.

eywaapps.dk/I/wp-content/textbook/the-lives-of-things.php The sublime degree of humility is not only to recognize one's own abjection but to love it. Do not consider the age or merit of a person. And in order to succeed imagine you are obeying the Lord.

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Where there is no obedience, there is no virtue; where there is no virtue there is no good; where good is wanting, there is no love; where there is no love, God is not there; where God is not, there is no heaven. He who attaches himself to the earth remains attached to it. It is by violence that we must leave it. It is better to detach oneself a little at a time, rather than all at once. Let us always think of heaven.

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Always live under the eyes of the Good Shepherd and you will walk unharmed through evil pastures. He is especially known for the work ascribed to him, Abandonment to Divine Providence , and also his work with the Nuns of the Visitation in Nancy, France. He was spiritual director to the Nuns of the Visitation in Nancy, France , from to During this time and after he left Nancy, he wrote letters of instruction to the nuns.

Whoever the author was, he or she believed that the present moment is a sacrament from God and that self-abandonment to it and its needs is a holy state — a belief which, in the theological climate of France at the time, was considered close to Quietist heresy. A more authoritative version of these notes was published only in Caussade spent years as preacher in southern and central France, as a college rector at Perpignan and at Albi , and as the director of theological students at the Jesuit house in Toulouse , which is where he died.

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