Fr. Caussade’s Self Abandonment to Divine Providence is a book
for all those who in the words of St. Benedict, “Truly seek God”. Fr.
Caussades’s spiritual teaching was derived from two extremely pure
sources, St. Francis de Sales and St. John of the Cross. Another source
of influence on Caussade were his penitents, the Nuns of the Visitation.
Caussade effectively synthesizes both Salesian and Carmelite traditions
in this book, which is comprised of his letters and dialogues on
prayer. Fr. Caussade refers to the Salesian teaching of
self-abandonment and simplicity, and the Carmelite emphasis on grace as
a dynamic force that enlightens and cleanses the soul. When speaking of
death to self, he refers to “abandonment” “trust” and “acquiescence”.
He impresses upon the reader, that abandonment may be taught and
practiced by repeated acts. It is the duty of every Christian to
acquire this virtue.