March 15, 2014
This post in particular I will be trying to keep as basic and understandable as possible. For those who would like to explore more into the topic of Providence I can suggest a book by Father Reginald Garrigou Lagrange called Providence.
To begin, I will use the definition from the Modern Catholic Dictionary by Father John Hardon. Providence-” God’s all-wise plan for the universe, and the carrying out of this plan by his loving rule or governance. The eternal world plan and its fulfillment in time are together called divine providence.” Also as expressed by the First Vatican Council (1869-70) ” God in His providence watches over and governs all things that He made, reaching from end to end with might and disposing all things with gentleness (Denzinger 3003).
Ok, so through Gods Providence He guides all that He has created always taking into account our free will, which if we use to cooperate with His will, we shall reach heaven. Human freedom is part of the divine plan.Nothing happens that is not either permitted or ordained by God’s will. So, we often hear a lot about God’s will and some people like to loosely attach this or that situation, event, churchman to God’s will. And, that this event, or what this or that person said must be God’s will. Well, when you hear a person say that this or that action is Gods will, in a certain sense they are correct. But, you may want to interject that it may be God’s permissive will, allowing something to take place, rather than God’s Holy ordained will, being pleased with a situation and blessing an act.
Prayer is a big part of divine providence. We must pray, I say again, we must pray. God has forseen our prayers from eternity and thus included them in His plan for the universe, to give us and others, what He knew we would ask for. We should always choose to pray, it is a great use of the liberty that God gave us. Another point about prayer is that it is not God who changes His mind when a prayer is answered even though it may appear that way. We already learned that earlier, God does not change. The change that occurs through prayer is due to God’s grace, and the change takes place in the pray-er.
Ok, so why all the evil in the world? God can only know for sure. We know God does not create evil or cause people to sin, sin is an abuse of our free-will. We know that God permits evil. The Catechism has this to say about why God permits evil in the world , ” Faith gives us the certainty that God would not permit an evil if He did not cause good to come from that very evil, by ways that we should fully know only in eternal life” (324).
O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways
Next post we will be taking a look at Angels : Good and Bad, may God Bless you and keep you safe from the world, the devil, and yourself :-). in JMJ… Lee