Trustful Surrender To Divine Providence

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence

by St. Claude de la Colombiere

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1. God controls all events, whether good or bad
How can God will or allow evil?
Practical examples
2. God does everything with supreme wisdom
Trials and punishments are blessings from God and proof of His mercy
Our trials are never greater than our strength to bear them
Treating of the Will of God St. Thomas, following St. Augustine, teaches that it is the cause of all that exists. (1) The Psalmist tells us that "all that the Lord wills He does in
heaven and on earth, in the seas and in all the deeps." (2) Again in the Book of the Apocalypse it is written: "Worthy art thou, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor
and power; for thou hast created all things, and because of thy will they existed and were created." (3)
Hence it is the Will of God which from nothingness drew out the universe with all its grandeur and all that lives in it, the earth with all that is on it and beneath it, all
creatures visible and invisible, living and inanimate, reasonable and without reason, from the highest to the lowest.
If God then has produced all these things, as St. Paul says, according to the purpose of His will, (4) is it not supremely right and reasonable as well as absolutely necessary
that they should be preserved and governed by Him according to the counsel of His will? And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not
been called forth by you? (5)
But the works of God are perfect it is written in the Canticle of Moses. (6) They are so well done that God Himself, whose judgment is strict and righteous, found when He
had created them that they were good and very good. (7) It is quite obvious that He who hath founded the earth by wisdom and hath established the heavens by
understanding (8) could not show less perfection in governing His works than in creating them. So, as He is careful to remind us, if his Providence continues to have care of
all things, (9) it is in measure and number and weight, (10) it is with justice and mercy. (11) Neither can any man say to Him, Why dost thou so? (12) For if He assigns to
His creatures the end that He wills, and chooses the means which seem good to Him to lead them to it, the end He assigns them must be good and wise, nor can He direct
them towards their end other than by good and wise means. Therefore do not become foolish (13) the Apostle tells us, but understand what the will of the Lord is, so that
doing it you may receive the promise, (14) that is to say eternal happiness, for it is written the world with its lust is passing away, but he who does the will of God abides
forever. (15)

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence St. Claude de la Colombiere


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