VI.  Quotations
The Peace of Self-Abandonment Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751), Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence, translated by Algar Thorold and revised by Father John Joyce, S.J. (Glasgow: Collins/Fontana, 1977), p.55.  "How   delightful   the   peace   one   enjoys   when   one   has   learned   by   faith   to   see   God   in   this   way through   all   creatures   as   through   a   transparent   veil!   Darkness   becomes   light   and   bitterness sweet.   Faith   by   showing   us   the   truth   of   things   changes   their   ugliness   into   beauty   and   their malice   into   goodness:   faith   is   the   mother   of   gentleness,   confidence   and   joy;   she   can   have only   tenderness   and   compassion   towards   her   enemies   who   enrich   her   so   greatly   at   their own   cost.   The   more   cruel   the   action   of   the   creature,   the   more   profitable   does   the   action   of God   make   it   for   the   soul   who   endures   it.   While   the   human   tool   does   its   best   to   injure,   the divine   artificer,   in   whose   hands   it   does   its   work,   makes   use   of   that   very   malice   to   remove from   the   soul   what   is   injurious.   The   will   of   God   has   nothing   but   sweetness,   favours   and treasures   for   souls   submissive   to   it;   we   cannot   have   too   much   confidence   in   that   will,   we cannot   abandon   ourselves   too   much   to   it.   God's   will   desires   and   can   always   accomplish what   will   contribute   most   to   our   perfection   on   condition   that   we   allow   God   to   act.   Faith   does not   doubt   this.   The   more   our   senses   are   faithless,   revolted,   uncertain   and   in   despair,   the more surely faith says: 'This is God; all is well.'"