Certainly one of the most easily-accessible classics of western Christian spirituality. For Caussade, all virtues and all graces are summed up in obedience to God's will--which is the abandonment spoken of in the title--in the present moment (indeed, Sacrament of the Present Moment
is the title of this work in other translations). Caussade's wisdom is manifested in nearly every paragraph of this brief work, because the love of God's will is its recurring theme: ''What use is the most profound insight and even revelations coming direct from God, if we do not love his will?... One grain of pure faith gives more true enlightenment to a simple soul than Lucifer ever gained by his vastly superior intelligence.''
An Eighth Day View:
For more than 250 years, this simple classic of inspiration has guided readers of all faiths to the open-hearted acceptance of God's will that is the sure path to serenity, happiness, and spiritual peace.
"A spiritual classic of the first order... a book for all those who truly seek God." --Dom David Knowles
"Father de Caussade has a wonderful way of encouraging the doubtful, of nurturing the personal surrender that is so much a part of the development of faith. The book is a mystery of its own -- and is definitely not for Christians only." --Rabbi Joshua Chasan
""Abandonment to Divine Providence" is a classic perhaps more necessary now than ever before. It's a little book that rightly rejects the spirituality of fear and trembling (and the modern preoccupation with dreary self-absorption) in favor of an abiding trust in God's active benevolence. This is a work one reads again and again, always with gratitude and astonishment." --Donald Spoto, Author of "Blue Angel "and "The Dark Side of Genius"