Saturday, May 09, 2009

Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J.

Here is a sobering and therefor consoling admonition from the author of "Self-abandonment to Divine Providence." It is an admonition, I think, that one can only apply to one's own trials, not to those of others, for to say such things in the face of the sufferings of others would be sanctimonious and entirely inappropriate. Nevertheless, tucked away for use when they become relevant -- as they most surely will -- these words are precious:
... never lose sight of the great and consoling truth that nothing happens in this world but by the order of God or at least by his divine permission, and that all that he wills or permits turns infallibly to the advantage of submissive and resigned souls. Even that which most upsets our spiritual plans turns into something which is better for us. Remain firmly attached to this great principle and the most violent storms will be unable to disturb the depths of your soul, although they may agitate your emotions which are, as it were, its surface.
From the Magnificat, Vol. 11, No. 3: May 2009.

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