The Joy of Full Surrender

SURRENDER: Attaining Lasting Peace by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

October 19, 2017

From The Joy of Full Surrender The soul who is not committed to the will of God alone will find neither its satisfaction nor its sanctification in the various methods – not even in the most excellent devotional exercises.  If that which God himself chooses for you does not satisfy you, from whom do you expect to receive what you desire?  If you turn from the food prepared for you by God’s own will, what food could satisfy a taste so depraved?  A soul can be nourished, strengthened, purified, enriched, and made holy only by the fullness of the present moment.  What more would you have?  Since you can find all that is good here, why search for it anywhere else?  Do you know better than God?  Since he ordains it this way, why do [...]

SURRENDER: The Limited Use Of Intelligence, by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

October 12, 2017

From The Joy of Full Surrender The mind with all its powers would like to hold first place among all the instruments employed by God, but it must, like a dangerous slave, be reduced to the lowest place.  It might be of great service if made use of in a right manner, but it can do much injury if it is not kept in subjection.  When the soul longs for outward supports, grace whispers to the heart that God’s invisible work is enough.  When the soul wishes to forego created means of help at the wrong time, God shows it that such help should be received and used with singleness of heart, in keeping with his established will.  We should use such means as tools, not for their own sake, but as though we did not use them, and when we are [...]

SURRENDER: The Limited Use Of Reading And Other Exercises by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

September 28, 2017

From The Joy of Full Surrender All we need to know is how to recognize God’s will for the present moment.  Any reading we might choose without regard to the will of God is harmful to us.  The will of God and obedience to his leading brings us grace, and this grace is what does the work in the depths of our hearts through reading or anything else we do.  Without God, books are only vain appearances, deprived of God’s life-giving power as far as we are concerned, and they succeed only in emptying the heart by the very satisfaction our reading brings to the mind. God’s will, working in the souls of simple and ignorant persons through suffering or through a few very ordinary actions, produces an abundance of supernatural life in those [...]

SURRENDER: Perfection Means Submission To God’s Will by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

September 21, 2017

From The Joy of Full Surrender The designs of God, the good pleasure of God, the will of God, the action of God, and the gift of his grace are all one and the same thing in the spiritual life.  It is God at work in the soul to make it like himself.  Perfection is nothing more or less than the faithful cooperation of the soul with this work of God.  This work begins, grows, and is completed in our souls secretly and without our knowledge. Theology is full of theories and explanations of how each soul is brought into this wonderful perfection to the fullest extent of its capacity.  We may know all the theories and understand the explanations of this work in the soul, speak and write about them beautifully, or instruct and direct [...]

SURRENDER: The Work Of Making Us Holy by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

September 14, 2017

From The Joy of Full Surrender If the work of making us holy seems such a hard and impossible task, it is because we do not have the right idea of what it truly is. In truth, holiness consists of one single thing: faithfulness to the will of God. Now, this faithfulness is within the reach of everyone, whether it calls for active or passive practice of our faith. Active faithfulness means fulfilling the duties that are ours by the general laws of God and of the church, or by our particular state of life. Passive faithfulness consists in the loving acceptance of all that God sends us each moment. Is either of these practices beyond our ability? Not active faithfulness, because any duties it might impose are no longer duties when we do not [...]

SURRENDER: Shadows That Veil The Hand Of God by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

September 1, 2017

From The Joy of Full Surrender The power of the Most High will overshadow you, said the angel to Mary. This shadow, behind which is hidden the power of God for the purpose of bringing forth Jesus Christ in the soul, is the duty, the attraction, or the cross that is offered to us at each moment. These are, in truth, only shadows like those in nature that, like a veil, cover the objects of our senses and hide them from us. In the same way, in the moral and supernatural realm, the duties of each moment, like dark shadows, conceal the only thing that should hold our attention: the reality of God’s will in them. This was the way Mary perceived them. As these shadows spread themselves over her mind, far from deluding her, they only increased [...]

SURRENDER: Holiness Means Faithfulness To God’s Will, by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

August 24, 2017

From The Joy of Full Surrender God speaks today in the same way he spoke to our ancestors. There were no spiritual directors, then, and spiritual methods were not so clearly defined. Spirituality simply consisted of faithfulness to the will of God. It was not reduced to an art, minutely explained, containing so many directions, maxims, or instructions as there are today. Our present needs may require this, but in those earlier days, when God’s people were more simple and upright, it was enough to see that each moment brought a duty to be faithfully fulfilled. Their whole attention was fixed on that duty, like the hour hand of a clock that moves its necessary distance minute by minute. With their mind and spirit constantly moved by the [...]