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The Sacrament of the Present Moment is the three hundred-year-old classic of spiritual guidance and enlightenment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, ordained member of the Society of Jesus. In this wise, hopeful, and powerfully stirring masterwork of Christian thought and daily practice, de Caussade encourages a selfless abandonment to God as a means of achieving grace and conque ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by HarperOne (first published 1861)
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Carline Francois I love this book. It helps me to grow closer to the Lord without all the pressure. It makes life a little easier. Abandonment to Providence, is just a…moreI love this book. It helps me to grow closer to the Lord without all the pressure. It makes life a little easier. Abandonment to Providence, is just allowing yourself to be free. No attachments. A breath of fresh air and the one that gives you this freedom is Christ Jesus. (less)
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Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few months ago I have read this wonderful book, I wasn’t really comfortable with the idea of putting a review for such a particular book, but the joy and the disarming beauty of the words taken from this collection of letters have thrown me off course a lot.
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The aspect that leaves me unarmed is the recent research carried out by the French historian Jacques Gagey, who apparently di
Sep 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone serious about the spiritual life
There are some books which are almost too good to be able to describe. (Reading my friend Caterina’s excellent recent review of this book got me to read my own and made me aware of the need to update it!) She also introduced me to another, more complete edition of this book which I want to check out when I next have time to return to this book. As a novice Secular Carmelite, I hope we will be reading this in the years ahead.

One of the many beautiful things about this book is its simplicity. Anot
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Some ancient volumes, like this one, contain the whole vast library of common-sense wisdom.

They just cannot be bested or improved by modern adaptations.

And so it is with the present moment itself...

So it's fitting!

The Present Moment is Borges' Aleph: the Lost Centre from which all the present moments of all the worlds Radiate. Or like Dante's vision of the Eternal Rose of the Seventh Heaven.

Or, it's like the forgotten Chinese student in the primitive mystical East who asked the Master what his
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Finished listening to this again. As my husband was walking through the room and caught snatches of the CD playing he commented, “Sounds like he’s talking about me.” Abandonment to Divine Providence has universal appeal, although different parts speak more at different times in our lives.

I’m especially challenged now—as always—to let go of my own ideas and plans, to remain in the present moment and to trustfully surrender all to His adorable Will, His loving Providence.

I will be due to read thi
Steven R. McEvoy
I have had interest in this book for a number of years now, but just never got around to reading it. In part because there are a few main editions all translated nearly 100 years ago, and so many different editions of it, some abridged and some not, some abridged and some not, some reformatted and updated and many not. So when a new edition became available, with an introduction by Matthew Kelly, I read it within days of it being available. This is the first book in a new series called Dynamic C ...more
To avoid any anxieties which may be caused by either regret of the past or fear of the future, here in a few words is the rule to follow: the past must be left to God's measureless mercy, the future to his loving providence; and the present must be given wholly to his love through our fidelity to his grace. Amen.

I love this book. Read very slowly in tiny but intense “doses” suitable for morning meditation, like a restorative juice for the soul, it works quietly, opening the way to deep inner pea
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic of western spiritual reading, this little book was compiled from the letters a French Jesuit priest wrote to the nuns of a convent in Nancy, France in the early 18th Century. Best to read it a bit at a time rather than straight through, since there is quite a bit of repetition due to how it was compiled. Caussade's major point is that we need to live in the present moment totally submissive to God's will - i.e. abandon our selves to Divine Providence. It's actually kind of Zen-like. In ...more
Ramón S.
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-best
This book had touched deeply my heart and mind. It’s difficult to explain why but summarizing the experience I was reading it and saying to myself: this is the truth, thank You Lord for this book. I want to live like this.
I found out that this book changed the life of Blessed Charles de Foucault
It’s a book to pray with and not a book to be tested with cold logic categories. It’s a Mistery revealed to little ones.
Highly recommended
Edvard Taylor
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful, extraordinary and timeless book by an 18th century author is one of the greatest mystical treatises of any time in any religion. It is to be most warmly recommended to all true and sincere students of mysticism. It radiates the warmth of St. Francis de Sales, touches in a uniquely loving and gentle way on the sufferings on the soul immersed in the dark night of the spirit, offers guidance on ways of contemplation and the attainment of true humility, which, as the author asserts, ...more
Manuel Alfonseca
ENGLISH: I have read this book in an English translation from the original French. The work proper is one fourth of the size of the book, which was completed by many letters, addressed mainly to nuns, giving them counsel. At a point, those letters become a little repetitive.

I think this work is part of a current, typical of its time (the 18th century), which tended to despise reason, perhaps as a reaction against the Enlightenment. For example, in section IV of chapter 2, it says this: To behold
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: virtues
I like this skinny little book. It truly says nothing novel about the human struggle for holiness, but it is the authoritativeness of the author and his succinct summary that makes it worthwhile. Unlike many other spiritual writers, like T of Avila and J of the Cross, there is no 'process' towards holiness for Caussade. It is a simple proposition. 'Holiness', he says 'is measured in how obedient one is to the will of God'. For those who do Yoga or are attracted to eastern spirituality, here is t ...more
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
A lot of wisdom to ponder in this book. It would probably serve me better a little further down my spiritual journey.

Recommended for those well on the path.
Jeff Miller
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A spiritual classic for a reason. Just read it.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, catholic
read it, reread it and then repeat the process until time stops
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are proper seasons for reading special books. This particular book was recommended by a wise loved one dear to me and I am sure it will have more meaning for me as the seasons of my life change with the tide of time. For now, I take with me reinforcement of my faith that in every moment the hand of God is active in my life and that I must surrender to his will to live in Holiness. The image that I have is akin to that of childbirth. To give birth naturally there is nothing one must activel ...more
Julie Stevens
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful and powerful read that explores the depth and virtue of a life of surrender to God. This book will be a powerful tool in your spiritual toolbox. Worth the read and reflection!
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiat! Very spiritually enriching book.
Kate Davis
The kind of spirituality that seems lovely, and then you look one layer deeper and realize how oppressive it is to anyone who isn't the most privileged group in a culture. Language of submission and surrender, particularly, has been used to keep women from equal status -- this book could be a case study in how that happens through the best of intents. ...more
TJ Jakubowski
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title says it all. This exhortation is gentle but persistent.
Florence Bernice
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Abandonment to Divine Providence is a must-read for all those striving for detachment and surrender.

The edition I have read is titled The Sacrament of the Present Moment as translated by Kitty Muggeridge. The EJ Strickland translation is more well-known, but I balked at that edition because of the traditional language. The Sacrament of the Present Moment has a more relaxed language, but still containing some archaism. If you desire a truly contemporary edition, Paraclete Press' The Joy of Full S
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The divine activity permeates the whole universe , it pervades every creature; wherever they are it is there; it goes before them, with them, and it follows them; all they have to do is to let the waves bear them on.” (pg 8)

Book 1 and Book 2, Chapters 1-2 are so powerful and absolutely 5 stars. This little book is so memorable! Even when I left it for a little while to come back to it later, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

It reminded me of Brother Lawrence’s Practice of the Presence of God
An engaging book with a simplicity and yet digs deep into full surrender. At times this was a four star book for me and then it slipped back into three simply because the concepts seem to repeat and didn't go deeper. This quote was one of my favorites from the book:

With God, the more we seem to lose, the more we gain. The more he takes away what is natural, the more he gives of what is supernatural. He is loved at first for his gifts, but when these are no longer perceptible, he is at least lov
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although written by a Jesuit priest, Abandonment to Divine Providence feels much more Carmelite, with a significant influence from St Francis de Sales too. (This makes sense, since he was writing to the Nuns of the Visitation, an Order founded by St Francis.)

The book, published posthumously, is comprised mostly of letters written by Fr de Caussade to various Sisters of the community in Nancy, France.

If I could sum up the (kind of repetitive) book in one word, it would be "Fiat."

It reminds me
Leroy Seat
I found this book fairly interesting and helpful until is started to be a collection of letters which the author had read through the years. For the most part I found the letters to be tedious, repetitious, and of limited value.

Because of the recommendation of a friend, I started to read this book, and because of my principle of finishing what I start I persevered to the end--although I read through the last half of the book rather rapidly.

If one is looking for good devotional literature, my rec
Apr 25, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book one doesn't read but just meditates on or actually prays the book. It is not one you try to get through and go on to another. I'm not sure how far I'm into the book but it has given a depth of Divine love and relationship with God I have found no where else. This is contemplation to the highest degree. I still have a long ways to go in this book but right now I would have to rate it 5++++ if I had to rate it. ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read for me during a difficult time. Caussade places a greater emphasis on faith related issues that truly matter, as opposed to stressing some ideas that seem to be more set in our specific time, as opposed to the universal Church throughout time. I felt like I had refreshed my understanding of God by reading this book. It is encouraging.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ally by: Carina
Thanks to a fellow Goodreader (via her tumblr blog that i follow) I'm reading this for Lent. Just uploaded it to my Kindle. Excited to see what God has in mind for me to learn through Caussade's writing! ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
The other title of this book was "Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence."

"It is a refutation of the quietist heresy and distinguishes true contemplation from its perversion . . . . The quietists held that passive meditation or mental prayer, to the exclusion of all else, is the short and easy way to union with God. Pere de Caussade emphatically insists that quietism is false mysticism" (Kitty Muggeridge, viii).

"In what sense can this experience be a divine sacrament?"
"How is Christ mediated to m
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book meant to be read slowly and pondered. Some, I fear, was difficult to understand and more difficult to practice but certainly a call to go deeper with one’s faith. “All is your’s Lord. I want what you want in all things.”
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy his book but I always seem to have a struggle applying things written for religious sisters to my own life in the world. The cares and concerns I have don’t exist for them and so it seems that much of what I struggle to do in faith isn’t addressed in books like this. Though, the main theme of the book “the present moment” has certainly gotten me thinking.
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Jean Pierre de Caussade was a French Jesuit priest and writer known for his work Abandonment to Divine Providence (also translated as The Sacrament of the Present Moment) and his work with Nuns of the Visitation in Nancy, France.

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