I think I have said before that one of my favorite authors is Jean-Pierre De Caussade, author of the book “Abandonment to Divine Providence.” In it, Caussade suggests that we obey the will of God from moment to moment and God will pour out his grace upon all souls who abandon themselves to him.
They say that 700. 000 people in Connecticut lost their power on Saturday night because of the snow storm. Sunday morning at Mass at Holy Apostles Seminary and College in Cromwell, the Rector announced that the power at the school could be off for up to a week. That meant that the Seminarians who live there would be without heat and electric.
So he said there would have to be sacrifices but with sacrifices come opportunities and with the right attitude God could turn things around. The rector mentioned opportunities for more prayer, more adoration, and spending more time with God.
I thought about my opportunities and I decided it was a good time to start obeying the will of God and live moment by moment. It has worked beautifully and I find my self thanking God for all he does for me. Some moments are not pleasant but I thank Him anyway and He shows me what he’s trying to teach me.
Caussade says: “We can find all that is necessary in the present moment. We need not worry about whether to pray or be silent, whether to withdraw into or mix with people, to read or write, to meditate or make our minds a receptive blank, to shun or seek out books on spirituality. Nor do poverty or riches , sickness or health, life or death matter in the least.”
“What does matter is what each moment produces by the will of God. We must strip ourselves naked, renounce all desire for created things, and retain nothing of ourselves or for ourselves, so we can be wholly submissive to God’s will and so delight him. Our only satisfaction must be to live in the present moment as if there were nothing to expect beyond it.”
It works. Read the book. It’s amazing.
Now a story to close with. Our power went out with everyone else’s on Saturday night. The house had started to get quite cool by Sunday afternoon. We have a Club house here at our apartment complex with a generator. So, Evelyn and I went there to say our evening prayer and pray the Rosary. Another couple joined us and when we finished the last Hail Mary the lights went on in all the apartments. What a blessing. But then we had to pray for the thousands of people who didn’t get power until today.
It’s fun to live the “present moment.” Caussade says; Are we thirsty? Then we have not far to go to find the fountain of living water. It bubbles up near us at every moment. How foolish it is to tire ourselves by searching for tiny rivulets which can never quench our thirst. Only the fountain can satisfy us. It is inexhaustible. Do you want to think, write and live like prophets, apostles and saints? Then you must surrender, as they did to the inspirations of God. God bless you.