By Fr. Jean Pierre de Caussade, S.J., Catholic Education Resource Center
Father Jean Pierre de Caussade, S.J. “God’s Will, Our Joy.” excerpt from The Joy of Full Surrender (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2008).
All that takes place within us, around us, or through us involves and conceals his divine hand.
God’s hand is really and truly there, but it is invisibly present, so that we are always surprised and do not recognize his operation until it has ceased. If we could lift the veil, and if we were attentive and watchful, God would continually reveal himself to us, and we would see his hand in everything that happens to us, and rejoice in it. At every event we would exclaim, “It is the Lord!” and we would accept every fresh circumstance as a gift from God.
We would consider physical causes as very feeble instruments in the hands of an all-powerful Workman, and we would easily find that we lack nothing, and that God’s watchful care disposes him to supply whatever we need at every moment. If only we had faith we would be grateful to all the external means he uses. We would cherish them, and be thankful for them in our hearts, because in the hand of God they have been so useful to us, so favorable to the work of our perfection. ….