Divine Providence is God’s care for all that exists

Divine providence is God’s care for creation, it also represents the divine will thanks to which everything is governed by a just order. Therefore, if God’s will is divine providence, everything that happens by his dictation is necessarily realized in a beautiful and always different way, in the best possible way.

God is the one who created and the one who provides, his ability to create and to keep and to provide is his own kind will. In fact, all that the Lord wanted he did in heaven and on earth (Psalm 134:6), and no one can resist his will (Romans 9:19). Everything he wanted to exist was created. He wants the world to exist and exist, everything he wants he creates.

In considering carefully what we are observing, it is, therefore, necessary that we admire all the works of divine providence. We praise them all unconditionally and accept them, although some things seem unfair to many.

Divine providence can neither be known nor understood

And our thoughts and actions, like our future, are known only to it. In fact, things subject to our discretion, should not be ascribed to divine providence, but to free will.

In reality, of the things that depend on providence, some happen thanks to his active will, others instead of through his permissive will. By virtue of the first, all those things that turn out to be incontrovertibly good happen. Instead, there are many forms in which God’s permissive will is manifested.

When he allows the just man to encounter calamities, so that the virtue hidden in him may also be visible for others, as happened in the case of Job (Job 1:12).

Sometimes, God allows something unjust to happen so that, through apparently unfair circumstances, something great and admirable may be accomplished. Through the cross, for example, he gave salvation to men.

Furthermore, the Lord allows the pious man to be afflicted with serious misfortunes so that he does not stray from an upright conscience. That is, because of the authority and grace granted to him, do not fall into pride, as happened in Paul (2 Corinthians 12,7).

So that others may learn from it, someone is therefore sometimes abandoned by God. The others thus considering his misfortunes, learn from it. In this regard, observe the case of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19).

Then, God sometimes allows someone to suffer, not to punish the sins of him or his ancestors, but to show someone else’s glory. In the case of the man born blind (cf. John 7,3), for example, the glory of the Son of man had to be revealed through his healing.

Suffering is also tolerated by God in order to arouse in souls the desire to emulate others. So that, encouraged by the glory of those who have suffered, others may piously endure adversity. Thanks to the hope of future glory and solicited by the desire for eternal goods, as happened to the martyrs.

Finally, the Lord even allows someone to fall into a shameful deed so that he can get rid of some more serious vice. For example, if someone takes pride in his virtues and his good deeds, God lets him fall into fornication. So that by thus becoming aware of his own weakness, he becomes humble and begins to trust the Lord more.

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