Trustful Surrender to DivineProvidence
by Father Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure
ITHE WILL OF GODMADE AND GOVERNS ALL THINGS
1. God controls all events, whether good or badHow can God will or allow evil?Practical examples2. God does everythingwith supreme wisdomTrials and punishments are blessings from God and proof of His mercyOur trials are never greater than our strength to bear themTreating of the Will of God St. Thomas, following St. Augustine, teaches that it is thecause of all that exists.
The Psalmist tells us that "all that the Lord wills He does in heaven andon earth, in the seas and in all the deeps."
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 createdall things, and because of thy will they existed and were created. "
Hence it is the Will of God which from nothingness drew out the universe with all itsgrandeur and all that lives in it, the earth with all that is on it and beneath it, all creatures visibleand invisible, living and inanimate, reasonable and without reason, from the highest to thelowest.If God then has produced all these things, as St. Paul says, according to the purpose of His will,
is it not supremely right and reasonable as well as absolutely necessary that theyshould be preserved and governed by Him according to the counsel of His will? And how coulda thingremain, unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?
But the works of God are perfect it is written in the Canticle of Moses.
They are so welldone that God Himself, whose judgment is strict and righteous, found when He had created themthat they were good and very good.
It is quite obvious that He who hath founded the earth bywisdom and hath established the heavens by understanding
could not show less perfection ingoverning His works than in creating them. So, as He is careful to remind us, if his Providencecontinues to have care of all things,
it is in measure and number and weight,
it is with justiceand mercy.
Neither can any man say to Him, Why dost thou so?
For if He assigns to Hiscreatures the end that He wills, and chooses the means which seem good to Him to lead them toit, the end He assigns them must be good and wise, nor can He direct them towards their endother than by good and wise means. Therefore do not become foolish
the Apostle tells us, but