the offering and the required of a simple rule

“Here is a rule for everyday life:
Do not do anything which you cannot offer to God.”

St. Jean Marie Vianney


(tiny blooms / Julie Cook / 2018)

“There is not a moment in which God does not present Himself under the cover of
some pain to be endured, of some consolation to be enjoyed, or of some duty to be performed.

All that takes place within us, around us, or through us,
contains and conceals His divine action.

It is really and truly there present, but invisibly present,
so that we are always surprised and do not recognise 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 should see His divine action in everything
that happened to us, and rejoice in it.

At each successive occurrence we should exclaim:
‘It is the Lord’,
and we should accept every fresh circumstance as a gift of God.

We should look upon creatures as feeble tools in the hands of an able workman,
and should discover easily that nothing was wanting to us,
and that the constant providence of God disposed Him to bestow upon us at
every moment whatever we required.”

Jean-Pierre de Caussade
An Excerpt from
Abandonment of Divine Providence

7 comments on “the offering and the required of a simple rule

  1. Lynda Clayton says:

    Such wisdom! All that we need to find God in everything is to be attentive. Hope little Autumn is feeling much better and that her parents and grandparents are able to get some rest!

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    In Nashville right now. Hope all is well with you❤️

  3. Tricia says:

    Beautiful words. I hope and pray I can follow their wisdom throughout my days!

  4. Powerful stuff, Julie! And while I love all of it, my favorite is the opening quote that you offer us: “Do not do anything which you cannot offer to God.” Wow. Just wow. I want that to be true of my life. Thank you for the inspiration! Love and huge hugs!! ❤ ❤

    • Yeah, that is a line that really spoke to me—what am I doing if I’m not offering it to God—a thought that gives much pause to living…
      glad to see you up and about and feeling good 🙂

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