We should also bear in mind that, while Providence watches solicitously over all creatures, God exercises special care over rational beings. For the latter are exalted to the dignity of God’s image and can rise to the knowledge and love of Him, and have dominion over their actions, since they are able to discriminate between good and evil. Hence, they should have confidence in God, not only that they may be preserved in existence in keeping with condition of their nature…but that, by avoiding evil and doing good, they may merit some reward from him. We are taught a salutary lesson in Psalm 35:7: “Men and beasts Thou wilt preserve” (that is, God bestow on men and irrational creatures alike whatever pertains to the sustaining of life). And then the Psalmist adds, in the next verse: “But the children of men shall put their trust under the covert of Thy wings,” indicating that they will be protected by God with special care.
LIGHT OF FAITH: THE COMPENDIUM OF THEOLOGY
Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.
See, upon the palms of my hands,
I have written your name;
your walls are ever before me.
Your rebuilders make haste,
as those who torn you down and laid you waste
go forth from you;
Look about and see,
they are all gathering and coming to you.
As I live says the LORD,
you shall be arrayed with them all
as with adornments,
like a bride shall fasten them on you.
Gentle Father, I am under your care at all times and in all places and circumstances. There is not a moment of the day that I am not under your protection and loving gaze. You see and love in me what you see and love in your Son. You give me what I need to make choices that will lead me closer to you, as well as what I need to avoid false choices that take me away from you. May the confidence of your ever-present concern be at the center of all I do and say today.
Examine the recent pattern of your choices among people and with things, and note whether they have led you closer to God or made you feel more distant. Resolve to make today’s choices with confidence, and trust in God’s ever-present guidance in your life. Note whether these choices drew you toward God or away from him, whether they left you filled up or “on empty.”
Reproduced with permission from Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Thomas Aquinas, by Fr. Andrew Carl Wisdom, O.P., published by Liguori, 2009.