Souls who can recognize God in the most trivial, the most grievous and the most mortifying things that happen to them in their lives, honor everything equally with delight and rejoicing, and welcome with open arms what others dread and avoid.

— Jean-Pierre de Caussade

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The soul, light as a feather, fluid as water, innocent as a child, responds to every movement of grace like a floating balloon.


God makes all chosen souls pass through a fearful time of poverty, misery, and nothingness. He desires to destroy in them gradually all the help and confidence they derive from themselves so that He may be their sole source of support, their confidence, their hope, their only resource.


The present moment holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams.


God speaks to every individual through what happens to them moment by moment.


We must offer ourselves to God like a clean, smooth canvas and not worry ourselves about what God may choose to paint on it, but at each moment, feel only the stroke of His brush.


All created things are living in the Hand of God.

The senses see only the action of the creatures; but faith sees in everything the action of God.


If the work of our sanctification presents us with difficulties that appear insurmountable, it is because we do not look at it in the right way. In reality, holiness consists in one thing alone, namely, fidelity to God's plan. And this fidelity is equally within everyone's capacity in both its active and passive exercise.


If we wish to quench our thirst, we must lay aside books which explain thirst and take a drink.


In the shadow of death he produces life, and though the senses are terrified, faith taking all for the best, is full of courage and assurance.


There is not a moment in which God does not present Himself under the cover of some pain to be endured, of some consolation to be enjoyed, or of some duty to be performed. All that takes place within us, around us, or through us, contains and conceals His divine action.


God teaches the soul by pains and obstacles, not by ideas.


The books the Holy Spirit is writing are living, and every soul a volume in which the divine author makes a true revelation of his word, explaining it to every heart, unfolding it in every moment.


About Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Quotes 21 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday March 7, 1675

God instructs the heart, not by ideas but by pains and contradictions.


The duties of each moment are the shadows beneath which hides the divine operation.


When you happen to be entirely unoccupied with created things so that you seem to be thinking of nothing and desiring nothing, you should know that then your soul in unconsciously occupied with God and in God.


There is no peace more wonderful than the peace we enjoy when faith shows us God in all created things.


To love God in great things is not so perfect an act of faith as to worship them in small ones.


All simple souls must admire and respect one another, saying: 'Let us proceed each one along our path to the same goal, united in purpose and by means of God's order which, in its great variety, is in us all.


You would be very ashamed if you knew what the experiences you call setbacks, upheavals, pointless disturbances, and tedious annoyances really are. You would realize that your complaints about them are nothing more nor less than blasphemies - though that never occurs to you. Nothing happens to you except by the will of God, and yet [God's] beloved children curse it because they do not know it for what it is.


What God arranges for us to experience at each moment is the best and holiest thing that could happen to us.