Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Sacrament of the Present Moment

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Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Translated from the original French by Kitty Muggeridge

The Sacrament of the Present Moment: Meet God in Every Moment

In this classic of wisdom, hope, and inspiration, Jean-Pierre de Caussade offers guidance for daily living in communion with God. He summons readers to holiness, reveals ways to conquer self-love and pride, and shows how God speaks to us through every moment of every day. By entering into such active contemplation honestly and openly, we can achieve the comfort and fulfillment of a life suffused with grace.

The timeless spiritual reflections of The Sacrament of the Present Moment probe the mystery of faith and help us recognize and carry out God's authentic purpose in our own lives. They stand as powerful testimony to de Caussade's conviction "that there is nothing easier, more ordinary, more available to all than saintliness."

"God still speaks today as He spoke to our forefathers in days gone by, before there were either spiritual directors or methods of direction. The spiritual life was then a matter of immediate communication with God. It had not been reduced to a fine art nor was lofty and detailed guidance to it provided with a wealth of rules, instructions and maxims. These may very well be necessary today. But it was not so in those early days, when people were more direct and unsophisticated. All they knew was that each moment brought its appointed task, faithfully to be accomplished. This was enough for the spiritually-minded of those days. All their attention was focused on teh present, minute by minute; like the hand of a clock that marks the minutes of each hour covering the distance along which it has to travel. Constantly prompted by divine impulsion, they found themselves imperceptibly turned towards the next task that God had ready for them at each hour of the day."
Jean-Pierre de Caussade, The Sacrament of the Present Moment

The Sacrament of the Present Moment was originally published as Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence.