Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What is divine providence?

What is divine providence?
Sometimes I think of divine providence as my GPS (God's Providential Steering)...

God has loved me into existence, and this love governs every moment and action of my life. This constant, all-encompassing care is Divine Providence.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (noted as CCC) refers to divine providence as the dispositions by which God guides us, his creatures, with wisdom and love to our ultimate end - our perfection (see CCC 302 and 321). It says that "the solicitude of divine providence is concrete and immediate; God cares for ALL, from the least things to the great events of the world and its history" (CCC 303).

God knows all my worries, my troubles, my nagging concerns big and small, my challenges, my struggles, my phobias...Nothing is beyond the reach of his loving, tender and infallible protectorship. What an awesome thought...and what great consolation this is to me...especially when I am at my weakest...God is strong! As long as I surrender all of myself to divine providence, and labor only to follow God 's will; then all will be well.

Am I following my GPS today?

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