phantasmagoria

All that lies around us is false and vain. All the affairs of the world are but shadows, yet we still persist in looking at them as if they had an intrinsic value and reality. The result is that everything remains a riddle to us and we behave like fools. What we should do is gaze at the principle, the source and the origin of all things. Then we should find that everything has a supernatural quality, something divine about it that can lead us onward to holiness. If we persist in living according to what we see and feel, we shall wander like imbeciles through a maze shrouded with darkness and phantasmagoria.

Nothing is safer than the way of self abandonment.

We keep ourselves detached from all we feel and do as we travel along this path and live only for the present moment.

If we have abandoned ourselves, there is only one rule for us: the duty of the present moment. The soul is as light as a feather, as fluid as water, as simple as a child and as lively as a ball in responding to all the impulses of grace. We are like molten metal which takes the shape of the mould into which it is poured, and can just as easily assume any form God wishes to give us. We are like water which fills every vessel no matter what its shape.

The realization that God is active in all that happens at every moment is a continuous revelation.

  • J.P. de Caussade

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