Abandonment to Divine Providence

“In his famous classic, Father de Caussade makes one point, and illustrates it in many different ways. That point is: do the will of God to the best of your ability and you will attain peace of soul here and life everlasting hereafter”.

– Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J, Author, Inside the Bible

Jean Pierre de Caussade (7 March 1675 – 8 December 1751) was a French Jesuit priest and writer. He is especially known for the work ascribed to him, Abandonment to Divine Providence, and also his work with the Nuns of the Visitation in Nancy, France.
Jean Pierre de Caussade was born in Cahors, now in Lot, France.

Translator: Ella McMahon

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The Post Office

The Post Office is a 1912 play by Rabindranath Tagore. It concerns Amal, a child confined to his adoptive uncle’s home by an incurable disease. W. Andrew Robinson and Krishna Dutta note that the play “continues to occupy a special place in [Tagore’s] reputation, both within Bengal and in the wider world.” It was written in four days.
Amal stands in Madhav’s courtyard and talks to passers-by, and asks in particular about the places they go. The construction of a new post office nearby prompts the imaginative Amal to fantasize about receiving a letter from the King or being his postman. The village headman mocks Amal, and pretends the illiterate child has received a letter from the king promising that his royal physician will come to attend him. The physician really does come, with a herald to announce the imminent arrival of the king; Amal, however, dies as Sudha comes to bring him flowers.

Rabindranath Tagore (born Robindronath Thakur, 7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), also known by his pen name Bhanu Singha Thakur (Bhonita), and also known by his sobriquets Gurudev, Kabiguru, and Biswakabi, was a polymath, poet, musician, and artist from the Indian subcontinent. He reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of the “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse” of Gitanjali,he became in 1913 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Tagore’s poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal. He is sometimes referred to as “the Bard of Bengal”.

Translated from Bengali to English by Devabrata Mukherjee.

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Doña Perfecta

Doña Perfecta (1876) is a 19th-century realist novel by Benito Pérez Galdós from what is called the first of Galdós’s three epochs in his novels of social analysis. The action occurs in 19th century Spain, when a young liberal named Don José (Pepe) Rey, arrives in a cathedral city named Orbajosa, with the intention of marrying his cousin Rosario. This was a marriage of convenience arranged between Pepe’s father Juan and Juan’s sister, Perfecta. The novel illustrates the great power that the church wielded. It also describes the differences between the traditional, provincial outlook, and the modern, liberal outlook of Madrid, the capital.

Benito Pérez Galdós (May 10, 1843 – January 4, 1920) was a Spanish realist novelist. Some authorities consider him second only to Cervantes in stature as a Spanish novelist.
He was the leading literary figure in 19th-century Spain.

Translator: Mary J. Serrano

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Doña Perfecta

Doña Perfecta es una novela de Benito Pérez Galdós escrita en 1876. Pertenece al grupo de “novelas de tesis” del autor canario y ha sido considerada por algunos críticos como una de sus obras tempranas más importantes.
El propio Galdós hizo una adaptación teatral, estrenada en Madrid en los primeros días de 1896. En diferentes versiones, la novela fue llevada al cine en México (1950) y en España (1977).
Doña Perfecta, viuda y vecina de Orbajosa, una ciudad provinciana de la “España profunda”, acuerda con su hermano residente en Madrid, preservar el patrimonio familiar casando a su hija Rosario con su sobrino Pepe, brillante ingeniero, al que invita a visitar Orbajosa y conocer a su prima. Pepe Rey, educado en un ambiente más evolucionado, progresista aunque católico, le chocará la mala impresión que les produce tanto a Doña Perfecta como al cura del pueblo, Don Inocencio. Nada podrán contra ello las buenas vibraciones que nacen entre Rosario y Pepe. El drama amoroso se desencadena, terminando en tragedia.

Benito Pérez Galdós (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 10 de mayo de 1843-Madrid, 4 de enero de 1920)​ fue un novelista, dramaturgo, cronista y político español.
Se le considera uno de los mejores representantes de la novela realista del siglo xix no solo en España y un narrador capital en la historia de la literatura en lengua española, hasta el punto de ser propuesto por varios especialistas y estudiosos de su obra como el mayor novelista español después de Cervantes.

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