This favorite work of Catholic spirituality offers both theoretical and deeply practical reflection and guidance on the Christian life from the beloved Rev. Jean Pierre de Caussade. This classic work is “completely suited to the present time; Catholic spiritual life being ever the same, there is nothing in them which might require alteration or revision . . . The leading idea in the letters of Fr. de Caussade is abandonment, complete and absolute, to Divine Providence. This was the mainspring of his own spiritual life, and the key-note of his direction of souls. He promises peace and holiness to every soul, however simple, that follows his counsel, if it has an upright intention and a good will” (from the introduction).
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In his famous classic, Father de Caussade makes one point, and illustrates it in many different ways. That point is: do the will of God to the best of your ability and you will attain peace of soul here and life everlasting hereafter . . . The letters offer many concrete examples of how to find God’s will in your life and how to put it into practice. This classic belongs in every spiritual library.
—Fr. Kenneth Baker, SJ, editor, Homiletic and Pastoral Review
Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675–1751) was a French priest, a Jesuit, and one of the most remarkable spiritual writers of the Society of Jesus in France in the eighteenth century. He was rector of two colleges and spiritual director for a Jesuit house. His works have gone through many editions and have been republished and translated into several foreign languages. He was greatly influenced by St. Francis de Sales and St. John of the Cross.