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Quotes from Fr Jean Pierre de Caussade, a French Jesuit Priest (7 March 1675 – 8 December 1751).

The doctrine of pure love can only be learnt by God’s action, not by any effort of our own spirit.

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

It is by union with his will that one enjoys and possesses God, and it is an illusion to seek for that enjoyment by any other means. The will of God is the universal means. This means does not belong to this or that method, but it has the virtue of sanctifying all methods and special calls.

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.

Let us understand clearly that we shall not acquire true conformity to the will of God until we are perfectly resolved to serve him according to his will and pleasure, and not according to our own.

We only know perfectly what experience has taught us through suffering and action. Experience is the school of the Holy Spirit who speaks to the heart words of life, and all that we say to others should come from this source.